In what is certainly another major blow to the local economy, Yosemite National Park is now closed to all visitors.
Only people who live and work in the park are allowed to be there, according to information released by the National Park Service.
Yosemite is one of a handful of national parks across the country which has been closed. Many other parks remain open, but visitor services have been curtailed.
The closure, according to Yosemite officials, is “until further notice.”
It also said there are enforcement measures in place, though there were no specifics. The enforcement is 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to a National Park Service press release.
“The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers and partners at Yosemite National Park is our number one priority,” said Scott Gediman of the public relations office at the park.
He said the park service is working with federal, state and local officials 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.”
Park service officials are encouraging people to take a virtual visit to the park. Anyone can do that by visiting www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm.
“There are many resources available for all ages to remotely explore Yosemite National Park,” said Gediman.