Closures

The superintendent's compendium for Yosemite National Park and superintendent's compendium for El Portal Administrative Site contain most closures and other local regulations. Closures not included in these compendiums are listed below (except for climbing closures).

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and the under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, the following existing closures, public use limitation and general regulations are hereby modified:

 

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Visiting Hours, Public Use Limits, Closures, Area Designations for Specific Uses or Activities and Conditions

36 CFR § 1.5 (a)(2) – Designate areas for a specific use or activity or impose conditions or restrictions on a use or activity

February 10, 2021

In response to Executive Order no. 13991 the following conditions apply to all federal employees, concession employees, contractors, volunteers, park partner employees, residents and visitors present within the administrative boundaries of Yosemite National Park:

  • Individuals over the age of two years must wear masks, except when actively eating or drinking, in the following locations and/or situations:
    1. In all common areas and workspaces in buildings owned, rented or leased by the National Park Service (NPS) when others are present. Locations include, but are not limited to visitor centers, public restrooms, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops and restaurants.
      1. There are exceptional circumstances under which a mask may not be required indoors, such as when an individual is alone in an office with floor to ceiling walls and a closed door or for occupants of private areas of NPS or concession housing units.
      2. Government vehicles (to include shuttle buses or personal vehicles being utilized for official government business) are considered to be workspaces for the purposes of this order, and masks are required by all occupants when those vehicles are occupied by more than one individual from a different household.
    2. In all outdoor areas where individuals from outside of a single household are present, when physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot be maintained.
    3. In all situations where staff direct that a mask be worn in order for them to safely perform the duties of their position (e.g. entrance stations, law enforcement contacts, provision of information or services).

Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks that are not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.

Notice: This administrative order applies to all individuals subject to the regulatory authority of the NPS within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park, including park visitors, government employees, concession employees, park residents and stakeholders.

Finding: The NPS issues this administrative order for the purposes of maintaining public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. This order is consistent with Executive Order 13991, Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing.

These directives require the NPS to take the actions identified, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to require compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines with respect to wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and other public health measures by: on-duty or on-site Federal employees; on-site Federal contractors; and all persons in Federal buildings or on Federal lands. In addition to physical distancing and hand washing, masks are a critical step to help prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19.

We know masks are important because:

  • COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. Masks are a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from reaching others.
  • Masks can prevent the spread of the disease even when the wearer is not sick. This is because several studies have found that people with COVID-19 who never develop symptoms (asymptomatic) and those who are not yet showing symptoms (pre-symptomatic) can still spread the virus to other people.
  • Masks may not be necessary when you are outside by yourself away from others, or with other people who live in your household.
  • It is especially important to wear a mask indoors with people you do not live with and when you are unable to stay at least 6 feet apart because COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another.

This order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

 

Public Use Limitation (Public Health Emergency)

March 30, 2021

Coronavirus, the virus responsible for the disease COVID-19, has caused a public health emergency as declared by Mariposa County, the State of California, and the United States Government. In consultation with local, county, and state public health officials and guidance provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and in order to maintain public health and safety, certain public use limits, restrictions, or closures are warranted to reduce the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19 at the individual and population level by limiting social interactions and preventing inadvertent exposures.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a), Section (a)(1) and Section (a)(2):

Starting Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 12:01 am, the following use limitations are in effect within Yosemite National Park:

  • Organized outdoor sports activities may occur provided all participants and spectators follow guidelines issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) regarding Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports; this guidance varies based on the current county tier designation and specific sport being played.
  • Spectators of adult sports are prohibited. Spectators of youth sports are limited to immediate household members for purposes of age appropriate supervision.
  • When not participating in activities related to organized outdoor sports activities as described above, individuals shall not congregate in groups of 11 or more; all individuals shall maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet with all but members of the same household and follow all face covering requirements.
  • Park residents who have been directed by a Public Health Official or the Superintendent to be in “Isolation” or “Quarantine” shall stay within their residence at all times except to receive medical care until cleared by a Public Health Official or medical professional. Administrative exemptions or modifications to the specified quarantine measures may be made for community members who perform certain critical community infrastructure or response roles as determined by the Park Superintendent.

These measures are being enacted to maintain public health and safety. This designation will remain in place until rescinded; this order rescinds all prior Public Health Emergency Public Use Limitations.

 

Partial Rescission of Safety Closure (Wind Damage)

February 11, 2021

On January 19, 2021 a Mono Wind event caused extensive damage to the southern portion of Yosemite National Park. Since that time, NPS employees, partners, residents and contractors have been able to assess damages, stabilize facilities and make emergency repairs. Some damage and hazard still remain, and limited closures will remain in place until further notice.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) and Section (a)(1):

Effective February 11, 2021 at 12:01 am, the southern portion of Yosemite National Park accessed via Hwy 41 and the Wawona Road which has been closed since January 21, 2021 is now open to the public.The following area remains closed to all but administrative uses:

  • Mariposa Grove and all trails within the park boundary that access this area

The closure area will be monitored to ensure compliance. Please see attached map for more information.

This designation will remain in place until rescinded.

 
Map showing the area of the Mariposa Grove down to the south boundary and including the road from South Entrance
 

Safety Closure (Wildlife Protection)

May 31, 2017 (The designation will remain in place until rescinded.)

Due to increasing bear activity along the Snow Creek Trail and the resulting potential for negative human-bear interactions, the area to the south and east of the footbridge as depicted on the attached map will be closed to overnight camping. The National Park Service will continue to monitor bear activity in this area and will re-open the area to camping as soon as conditions allow.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) (1):

The area marked on the accompanying map entitled Wildlife Safety Closure dated May 31, 2017 is closed to overnight camping or unattended food (even when stored properly).

The marked area remains open for day use.

Notice of closure will be posted and area will be monitored to ensure compliance. Your cooperation in complying with this temporary restriction is greatly appreciated. Please see map below for more information.


 
The area at the top of Snow Creek east of the trail is closed to camping
 

EL PORTAL ADMINISTRATIVE SITE

Visiting Hours, Public Use Limits, Closures, Area Designationas for Specific Uses or Activities and Conditions

36 CFR § 34.5 (a)(3) and 1.5 (a)(2) – Designate areas for a specific use or activity or impose conditions or restrictions on a use or activity

February 10, 2021

In response to Executive Order no. 13991 the following conditions apply to all federal employees, concession employees, contractors, volunteers, park partner employees, residents and visitors present within the administrative boundaries of El Portal Administrative Site:

  • Individuals over the age of two years must wear masks, except when actively eating or drinking, in the following locations and/or situations:
    1. In all common areas and workspaces in buildings owned, rented or leased by the National Park Service (NPS) when others are present. Locations include, but are not limited to visitor centers, public restrooms, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops and restaurants.
      1. There are exceptional circumstances under which a mask may not be required indoors, such as when an individual is alone in an office with floor to ceiling walls and a closed door or for occupants of private areas of NPS or concession housing units.
      2. Government vehicles (to include shuttle buses or personal vehicles being utilized for official government business) are considered to be workspaces for the purposes of this order, and masks are required by all occupants when those vehicles are occupied by more than one individual from a different household.
    2. In all outdoor areas where individuals from outside of a single household are present, when physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot be maintained.
    3. In all situations where staff direct that a mask be worn in order for them to safely perform the duties of their position (e.g. entrance stations, law enforcement contacts, provision of information or services).

Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks that are not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.

Notice: This administrative order applies to all individuals subject to the regulatory authority of the NPS within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park, including park visitors, government employees, concession employees, park residents and stakeholders.

Finding: The NPS issues this administrative order for the purposes of maintaining public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. This order is consistent with Executive Order 13991, Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing.

These directives require the NPS to take the actions identified, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to require compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines with respect to wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and other public health measures by: on-duty or on-site Federal employees; on-site Federal contractors; and all persons in Federal buildings or on Federal lands. In addition to physical distancing and hand washing, masks are a critical step to help prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19.

We know masks are important because:

  • COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. Masks are a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from reaching others.
  • Masks can prevent the spread of the disease even when the wearer is not sick. This is because several studies have found that people with COVID-19 who never develop symptoms (asymptomatic) and those who are not yet showing symptoms (pre-symptomatic) can still spread the virus to other people.
  • Masks may not be necessary when you are outside by yourself away from others, or with other people who live in your household.
  • It is especially important to wear a mask indoors with people you do not live with and when you are unable to stay at least 6 feet apart because COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another.

This order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

Last updated: March 30, 2021

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