Park closures have unequal costs

By José González

C&NN friend, Latino Outdoors founder and a leader in helping to bring more equity to the outdoors, José González writes that as we limit outdoor access due to COVID-19, we should consider the impact on underrepresented communities.

The message has been straightforward: Stay away from these towns and public lands; if you're irresponsible, we’ll close the trails and parks down. At the same time,suggestions and guidelines are offered on how we can still get outdoors safely: Stay close to home, engage with nearby nature, and hike in your neighborhood. These instructions are necessary, but they are based on the assumption that everyone has the privilege of outdoor access and will be affected the same when it is taken away.

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