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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announce closures amid coronavirus outbreak

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Posted at 7:41 AM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 10:41:18-04

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks made changes to their operations to comply with the latest social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC and local and state authorities.

Foothills and Kings Canyon visitor centers closed Tuesday. Giant Forest Museum and the parks’ Wilderness Office are closed until further notice.

Wednesday through April 1, all lodging and dining facilities managed by DNC will be closed. Markets in Lodgepole and Grant Griive also managed by DNC will operate under reduced hours of 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Some outdoor trails and campgrounds will remain open where it is possible to adhere to the new health guidelines.

The National Park Service (NPS) says it is working with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus pandemic.

NPS plans to notify the public when full operations resume.

Parks officials urge visitors to maintain a significant distance from others, practice frequent hand washing and stay home if you're feeling sick.