YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – Yosemite National Park officials have announced the park’s campgrounds are closing due to COVID-19.
“Yosemite National Park campgrounds currently open, Upper Pines and Camp 4, are now closed,” said a brief statement issued by park officials late Wednesday. “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,” the statement also said.
YNP officials announced “modifications” on Tuesday to park operations in order to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities promoting social distancing.
On Tuesday (March 17), the park’s visitor centers, the Yosemite Valley Theater, the Yosemite Museum and all restaurants and lodges inside the park were closed.
“The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Yosemite National Park is our number one priority. The National Park Service is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus situation. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels,” Wednesday’s announcement also stated.
Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus