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Yosemite to end reservation system Nov. 1

Starting Nov. 1, you will no longer need a reservation to enter Yosemite National Park.

After nearly five months, the park will end its requirement that visitors reserve day passes in advance, the park announced Tuesday. The reservation system — a first for the park — was put into place in early June to help thin summer crowds and curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Yosemite initially shut down completely on March 20 during the early surge of coronavirus cases in California. When it reopened on June 11, in addition to the day-pass requirement, Yosemite managers capped the number of cars allowed into the park at 1,700 per day — about half the number that typically would enter the park on an average summer day.

Here’s more from The San Francisco Chronicle.

Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.