Yosemite restaurants, lodgings to close temporarily as coronavirus precaution

The Ahwahnee Hotel as well as restaurants and other lodgings at Yosemite National Park will close Tuesday.
(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

Yosemite National Park will temporarily close its landmark Ahwahnee Hotel as well as other lodgings and restaurants Tuesday as a precaution over coronavirus concerns, according to a statement posted online Monday evening. The closure will last through March 31.

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Aramark, which operates concessions in the park, said it would close “lodging, tours and dining facilities” at Yosemite after consulting with the National Park Service and public health officials, the statement said.

For the record:

11:06 PM, Mar. 16, 2020An earlier version of this post said that the Yosemite facilities would close Thursday. They close Tuesday.

The company also temporarily closed some restaurants at Olympic National Park in Washington state, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus with more than 900 confirmed cases. The Springs Restaurant at Sol Duc Hot Spring Resort and the Roosevelt dining room at Lake Quinault would be closed until further notice. Both sites would offer some takeout meals, a statement said.


The company said it is complying with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency proclamation that closes restaurants, bars and other entertainment sites for two weeks.