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Can You Still Visit Yosemite, Other Parks When California Stay at Home Rules Start?



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Campgrounds and lodgings at national and state parks in California will temporarily close when the governor’s stay-at-home order goes into effect late Sunday in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California.

Yosemite National Park will remain open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for day use, according to the website. Lodgings, such as the Ahwahnee hotel and campgrounds, will close Monday. Dining facilities will be limited as a result of the order. Other national parks in impacted areas, such as Sequioa/Kings Canyon are expected to comply.

California State Parks will remain open for day use but not for overnight stays, according to a park press release Friday.

State park campgrounds will close Monday, 24 hours after the rules go into effect. People holding reservations will receive a refund from ReserveCalifornia, the state’s reservation system.

“While the new regional stay at home order is asking Californians to stay home as much as possible and for campground sites in impacted regions to close, the state also recognizes that that outdoor activity is critical for mental health and physical health,” agency director Armando Quintero said in the statement. “We welcome you to recreate in the outdoors provided that you stay local, plan ahead to find out what is open, wear a face covering, practice physical distancing and avoid gatherings with people outside the immediate household.”

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