YOSEMITE — “Yosemite Hospitality looks forward to welcoming back visitors, guests and our team members, when Yosemite National Park reopens on Thursday, June 11, with our lodging re-opening June 13,” said an update issued late this week by Aramark, the concessionaire at YNP.
“Some services and operations have been modified and adjusted to protect against the spread of COVID-19,” the “guest update” states.
“Socially distant but close to nature” is the theme Aramark is using to accompany its reopening process.
Among its Yosemite concessions, Aramark operates the Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge and Curry and Yosemite Village. It also runs the Wawona Hotel and Golf Course, which is closed until 2021.
Aramark’s update also advised guests that due to COVID-19, the National Park Service is “reducing the number of visitors permitted to enter Yosemite National Park through a temporary day-use reservation system.”
“All overnight lodging guests will be allowed entrance but MUST show a confirmed lodging reservation upon entrance. Guests can show a copy of the reservation on their phone or a printed copy. Please be aware that cellular service is limited in the park, so printing or taking a screenshot of your reservation prior to entering the park is recommended.”
The update also reminded soon-to-be-visitors that while annual park passes remain valid, at this time, park entrance fees can only be paid via credit card. To learn more about Yosemite’s day-use reservation system, click here.