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Yosemite National Park reopening plan includes fewer visitors, required reservations

Carmen George, The Fresno Bee on

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Some trails will be converted to one-way only traffic. Individual sites may need to be closed if they become too crowded and visitors aren't maintaining enough social distance. Signs will be posted about guidelines. Enforcement actions will be focused on those impeding the safety of others.

Sergienko said his department is working to increase COVID-19 tests available at the medical clinic in Yosemite Valley and in Mariposa, along with the testing of Yosemite employees.


When Yosemite reopens, The Ahwahnee hotel and Yosemite Valley Lodge are expected to open at full capacity, along with half of the accommodations at Curry Village, park officials said.

The Park Service previously announced the park's historic Wawona Hotel will stay closed into 2021.

There will be modified food operations at restaurants to promote social distancing, and retail outlets, grocery stores, The Ansel Adams Gallery, bicycle and raft rentals, and pay-at-the-pump gas stations will also be open, park officials said.


All public restrooms in Yosemite Valley will be open and cleaned twice a day, Muldoon said, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lower Pines Campground (60 sites) and North Pines Campground (81 sites) will be open, along with backpackers campgrounds. Hodgdon, Crane Flat and Bridalveil campgrounds may also open at a later date. New campground reservations have not opened recently because of the uncertainty related to COVID-19.

The park's concessionaire, Yosemite Hospitality, a subsidiary of Aramark, has canceled lodging and tour reservations in Yosemite through May 28. Aramark wasn't part of Monday's presentation. An Aramark spokesperson on Wednesday declined to share more details with The Fresno Bee, saying those will be released by the Park Service once finalized.

An internal memo written by union leaders representing Aramark workers in Yosemite, outlining discussions with the company about reopening plans, offered more details and was shared earlier this month by employees.


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