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Yosemite

Post by balzaccom » Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:23 pm

NEWS RELEASE
Yosemite National Park Campgrounds Are Closed
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Yosemite National Park campgrounds currently open, Upper Pines and Camp 4, are now closed. These closures will remain in effect through March 31, 2020.

Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, Yosemite National Park’s entrances, comfort stations, hiking trails, and the outdoor spaces around the Yosemite Village will remain open.

Yosemite National Park is working on utilizing alternative methods to provide interpretive services and programming that adhere to the CDC guidelines. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Yosemite National Park. Download the park’s free App and please continue to enjoy Yosemite National Park through the park’s webcams. There are many wonderful resources available to explore on the Yosemite National Park webpage to help you stay connected to your national park.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Yosemite National Park is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels.


Open
Roads (call 209-372-0200 and press 1,1 for current information)
All trails except Mist & 4 Mile (nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm)
El Portal Gas, Wawona Gas, 24 Hour Tow Service
Facility Management Customer Service Center
Yosemite Valley Public Library
Yosemite Post Offices

Employees/Community ONLY
Degnan’s Deli, Village Store, Wawona Store, El Portal Market

Closed
All guest lodging & restaurants
All campgrounds
Valley Visitor Center (Rangers available behind VC)
Valley Theater, Yosemite Museum
Interpreter-led programs
Shuttles
Badger Pass ski lift & equipment rental
Badger Pass A Frame (self-registration wilderness permits available)
Ostrander Ski Hut, Glacier Point Ski Hut, Snow Creek Cabin


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Re: Yosemite

Post by LMBSGV » Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:16 pm

Now the entire park is closed:

https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/management/closures.htm


Safety Closure (Public Health Emergency)

Coronavirus, the virus responsible for the disease COVID-19, has caused a public health emergency as declared by Mariposa County, the State of California, and the United States Government. In consultation with local, county, and state public health officials and guidance provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and in order to maintain the safety of park visitors, employees, and residents while allowing management and administrative operations to continue, the Superintendent is designating the entirety of Yosemite National Park as closed to all but residents and authorized employees of the National Park Service (NPS), park concessioners, and partners. This order remains in effect until further notice.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) and Section (a)(1):

Starting Friday, March 20, 2020 at 3 pm, Yosemite National Park is closed to all individuals with the exception of:

Residents of all communities within the legislative boundary of Yosemite National Park.
Residents of Yosemite West who are using NPS roads to access their residences.
Authorized NPS employees.
Authorized contractor of the NPS.
Authorized employees or contractors of Yosemite Hospitality, The Ansel Adams Gallery, NatureBridge, Yosemite Conservancy, the United States Postal Service, or other authorized park partners.

Residents are defined as 1) employees who have been assigned a government or concessioner housing unit within Yosemite National Park by an organization that is authorized to do so and 2) owners or long-term (28 days or greater) renters of houses in Section 35 (Wawona), Aspen Valley, Yosemite West, or Foresta. Authorized employees are individuals who are actively engaged in work directed by a supervisor or management official of the NPS, authorized NPS concessioner, or partner who have operations based in Yosemite National Park. The presence of individuals who are not included in the above definitions, to include guests of residents and authorized employees, is prohibited.
The closure area will be monitored to ensure compliance. Your cooperation in complying with this temporary restriction is greatly appreciated. Please see attached map for more information.

This designation will remain in place until rescinded.

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Re: Yosemite

Post by Jim F » Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:27 pm

Just returned home after visiting Yosemite Valley today. Encouraged to visit by the recent removal of an entrance fee. Now read the Park was closed this afternoon. Things are changing quickly!

Actually, today the Valley had quite a few visitors. I got the impression that most were active "locals" with a strong calling to this majestic creation. The weather was delightful. It seemed likely many more would visit tomorrow (Saturday). Well, now we know that will not be the case.

The snow in the area was more than I encountered on visits to the Valley in December, January, and February. Good news for California water supplies this summer.

In my January and February visits, the novovirus was an issue in Yosemite Valley, now the coronavirus is the issue (much more significantly). The Village Market really seemed to be taking the 6' distancing policy seriously. Apparently, there was a cap on the number of people allowed in the store at one time. Outside I saw a short line. As one shopper exited, the next in line then entered the store.

Wishing everyone safety and good health.

Jim

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