Starting today, people will no longer be able to stop anywhere in Canada’s national parks or historic sites.
All visitor vehicle traffic will now be barred from entering the parks for anything other than driving through.
Highways and roadways passing through parks and sites will remain open as commercial, but no one can stop until further notice.
The move comes after national parks, such as Banff, saw a surge in visitors last weekend despite national calls for increased social distancing practices across the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The federal parks minister said the surge in tourists is unsafe after trails became too crowded and people were too close together.
Parks Canada said closing the parks, for the time being, is intended to help keep people at home.