Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park closes to visitors amid COVID-19 concerns

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is closed to visitors until further notice to avoid further spread of COVID-19, park officials announced Wednesday.

The order begins effective immediately.

State Route 180 will remain open for drivers to pass through to private property and the Giant Sequoia National Monument, but all other roadways in the parks will be closed.

The decision comes days after Yosemite National Park announced it would close to visitors.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park officials added the following:

"The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority. The National Park Service is working servicewide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic."

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