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Tours into Mammoth Cave are open. Food service at the Mammoth Cave Hotel is tasty as ever and gift shops are open with great ideas for holiday giving.
Water testing continues to determine the source of the contamination inside the cave and to ensure the public health and safety of cave tour visitors.
In late October, elevated levels of E. coli and fecal coliform were found in cave water where groundwater drips into the cave. The Historic tour was closed briefly, but reopened November 15 along an alternate route.
The concern for public health and safety only affects the cave tours. Facilities at the visitor center, as well as food service, gift shops, and overnight accommodations at the Mammoth Cave Hotel are not affected.