Joshua Tree National Park has reopened to visitors for the first time since the April 1 closure. Even before the full closure to visitors, the park had restricted access then due to to concerns of the spreading coronavirus pandemic.
The reopening is part of "a phased approach across all units of the National Park System," according to the park website. Park officials say they are utilizing "guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities" as they work to reopen.
Visitors can access park entrances and fees will not be collected, according to park officials.
The Visitor Centers and group campsites remain closed. Family campsites are open.
Here's a look at what is open at Joshua Tree National Park:
- Park entrances. Entrance stations will be staffed regularly but will not be collecting fees.
- Roads and parking lots
- Family campsites
- Most bathroom facilities
Park rangers have remained on duty during the closure.
San Bernardino County health officials are reporting 3,511 confirmed cases of coronavirus. As of May 17, the average number of new cases per day in the county is 54.9. When Joshua Tree National Park closed on April 1, the county data shows that there were an average of 16.9 new cases per day.