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National Parks around the Valley close temporarily

National Parks near the Central Valley have closed due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks announced Wednesday that they will be closed until further notice.

Highway 180 will remain open for traffic to access the Giant Sequoia National Monument and private property, and all other parking facilities are closed.

The parks posted the announcement on Twitter and said, “The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority. The NPS is working servicewide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The closures come after Yosemite shut its doors indefinitely last Friday.

“The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Yosemite National Park is our number one priority,” said park officials in a press release.

“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.”

Daniel Gligich
Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.