Yosemite National Park is aiming to reopen to the public in June, according to a newly-released draft of the park’s plans.
Yosemite has been off limits to visitors since March 20. It was the first national park to fully close due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Yosemite plans to reopen the park at 50% capacity when California enters "phase three" of the state's reopening plan, which Gov. Gavin Newsom is anticipating in June. More than 4 million people visited the park in 2019, with peak months in July and August.
Reservations will be required to visit and the park will allow about 3,600 vehicles in each day. Visitors will be encouraged to pay entry fees online in advance.
Camping will be allowed at two sites, along with campgrounds for backpackers. Hotels within the park will reopen at least partially, but food operations will be modified throughout the park.
Some trails will be converted to be one-way only, and face coverings will be encouraged whenever possible. Shops, gas stations and grocery stores will be open, as will bike and raft rentals.
The plan follows both federal and state guidelines for allowing the public to return while taking precautions to protect the health and safety of employees and visitors.
Key locations within the park will be monitored to determine how effective the approach is at managing visitors.