Split Rock Lighthouse and other historical sites around Minnesota will remain closed through June 30, according to a news release from the Minnesota Historical Society. In the release, MHS officials say "The health and safety of our guests, staff, volunteers, interns, and community is our highest priority. In response to ongoing concerns over social distancing in public, we have decided to keep our historic sites and museums closed and cancel all in-person events, field trips, and rentals through June 30."

It was also announced on the Split Rock Lighthouse Facebook Page that a number of staff members would also be furloughed starting May 1, through June 30.

While MHS facilities around the state remain closed, the organization does offer some online resources to learn and explore via their website during the shutdown. You can learn more about those opportunities on the MHS website's COVID-19 update page.

While the lighthouse will be closed until at least July 1, the state park that the lighthouse is in remains open. In a statement from the DNR at the end of March, state parks remain open for day use with camping not allowed at this time and group shelters, visitor centers, and some other amenities are closed for a time. State parks can still be used as a place to get outdoors, with the guidance of visiting parks near home and maintaining proper social distancing guidelines.

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