By Eli Walsh

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The National Park Service said Thursday that it intends to resume recreational access to Alcatraz Island following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health officials.

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The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), which controls the island, announced Thursday it will restore ferry operations to the island, access to interior sections of the island like Building 64 and the warden’s house, and outdoor areas like Eagle Plaza and the recreation yard.

The GGNRA closed operations at many of its parks in March due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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People on the Alcatraz trail system will also be required to proceed in one direction to promote physical distancing. The GGNRA scheduled the changes to begin Monday.

“The health and safety of our visitors and employees are our highest priority,” GGNRA General Superintendent Laura Joss said. “We are pleased to begin welcoming back visitors, to provide a great outdoor experience on Alcatraz Island, and to allow our partners and staff to tell the important stories of this unique Bay Area icon.”

Visitors to Alcatraz Island can purchase ferry tickets online and review coronavirus safety guidelines at alcatrazcruises.com. The park service will also post updates about its operations amid the pandemic at nps.gov/coronavirus.

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