Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) on Thursday announced more operational changes in order to enforce social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The public is asked to follow these guidelines:

1. Travel loop trails in a clockwise direction only. Trails users should alert others when passing on the left. One-way travel reduces the number of encounters with other visitors. Follow posted signs to ensure the proper direction of travel.

2. Use portable toilets only in case of an emergency. Park public restrooms are closed, and visitors are advised that, though portable toilets are provided and cleaned regularly, they are not as sanitary as one’s bathroom at home.

3. Check for the latest closure information before visiting by calling 440-546-5960. A recorded message will give the most up-to-date information. CVNP will temporarily close parking areas, trails, boardwalks, and viewing locations as necessary to remain within guidance for safe social distancing.

4. Park visitors should be flexible and do their part to reduce crowding. Opt for less-crowded park locations and less-crowded days of the week to visit. Weekends are always more crowded than weekdays. If a visitor encounters a crowded location, they should not get out of their vehicle. Choose another location to visit.

"We are doing everything possible to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus while still making Cuyahoga Valley National Park available to the public," said Superintendent Craig Kenkel. "Outdoor spaces are more valuable now than ever, but we need everyone’s assistance to keep people safe and keep the park open for outdoor recreation."

CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural resources in one setting. For more information, visit the park’s website or Facebook page, or call 440-717-3890.