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AM News Brief: Bryce Canyon Closes, THC Candy & Tenants’ Rights On Home Showings

Photo of two hikers at Bryce Canyon National Park.
Renee Bright/KUER

Tuesday morning, April 7, 2020

SOUTHERN UTAH

Bryce Canyon Closes

Bryce Canyon National Park will close Tuesday at 5 p.m., one of the last among Utah's National Park Service sites to close to the public. Vehicles, bikes and pedestrians may not enter the park or use trails, roads and backcountry areas. Park rangers are authorized to issue citations to violators. Capitol Reef National Park is now partially closed. The campground road and Scenic Drive south of the visitor center is blocked, and the Fruita Campground is not open. State Route 24 through the park is open, along with some outdoor spaces, restroom facilities and trails. — Diane Maggipinto

Correction 4/7/20 11:38 MDT. A previous version of this story misstated how much of Capitol Reef National Park is closed.

Lake Powell Boat Ramp Closed

Boat ramp access to Lake Powell, the reservoir inside Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, is now closed. Restrooms, day use areas, visitor centers and other public buildings are also closed. All campgrounds in Glen Canyon are off-limits except the primitive Beehive Campground, with a 3-day limit. Though the park itself remains open, entrance booths are closed. — Diane Maggipinto

NORTHERN UTAH

THC Candy

Two children have been released from a Utah hospital after eating THC-infused candy that was in donated bags of food. Police say the kids ate the sweets that contained the main psychoactive component in marijuana. The packages looked similar to regular grocery store candy, distinguishable only by the word "medicated" above the candy logo. The family — along with dozens of others — picked up the food bags filled last Friday at a Baptist church in Roy. — Associated Press

STATE

College Admissions During Pandemic

With online classes now the norm for most of the country’s schools and universities, students are adapting to learn in new ways. But for high school students with college on the horizon, just how disruptive it will all be to their academic careers is still an open question. An administrator with Utah State University said for her school, a lot of it will come down to how the average student performs during the crisis. Read the full story. — Jon Reed

Follow KUER’s coverage of the coronavirus in Utah.

REGION

Tenant Rights And Coronavirus

If a landlord put a rental house up sale in the middle of a pandemic — do the renters have to allow prospective buyers into their home? The answer is maybe and it depends on your state. Landlords do have a right under Nevada state law to show a unit. The tenant can’t “unreasonably” stop them from doing this. But some think that not allowing people into your home given the circumstances could be considered reasonable. Real estate agencies are considered an essential business in Nevada, though, under the governor’s stay-at-home order — so they can remain open and serve customers. The same is true for much of the Mountain West. But these agencies still have to follow social distancing guidelines. — Nate Hegyi, Mountain West News Bureau

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