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Ya, we’re pretty sick of it. Have been since about March. So let’s just not even talk about it right now – maybe after we’ve had several years of therapy. And have had our vaccinations and some relief checks. Or been rehired to our lost jobs.

What can we do to get that yucky 2020 aftertaste out of our mouths?

First thing, we’re going to partake in an annual PM New Year’s Day ritual – we’re going birding! This has actually become a monthly ritual, if you hadn’t noticed. Y’all are welcome to join us! We’re planning on visiting Yosemite National Park and environs (including but not limited to Foresta, Crane Flat area, Yosemite Valley, Wawona, and Goat Meadow Snow Play area).

If you’re interested in joining this ritual, you must provide your own transportation and you must wear a… Continue reading

December 5, 2020 – In support of the California Regional Stay-at-Home order in the San Joaquin Valley region, beginning at noon on Monday, December 7, 2020, Yosemite National Park is open 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. for day-use activities only. Lodging and campgrounds are currently closed. Some services and facilities are limited, and shuttles are not operating. Consistent with the state’s regional stay at home order, day use limits will be in place until local conditions change. Please refer to California’s regional Stay-at-Home order (https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs) for the current timeline of these restrictions.

Yosemite National Park will be closed daily to all visitors from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 A.M. and park gates will be locked overnight.

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All in-park overnight lodging will be closed for incoming arrivals beginning on Monday, December 7, 2020 and will remain closed until… Continue reading

Yesterday evening we shared an email with what we know about the Regional Stay Home Order. Since that time, we have learned that our regional ICU availability has dropped below the 15% threshold. We have been asked by the California Department of Public Health to implement the actions in the order, as a region, by 11:59 pm on Sunday the 6th. This is slightly later than the 24-hour period we were told previously, but this will allow for businesses to operate through Sunday and implement on Monday morning.

This order will be in effect for at least the next 3 weeks to provide a significant protective layer to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the strain on our health care system. Individuals are allowed access to (and travel for) critical services and outdoor activities to… Continue reading

UPDATE: https://www.kcra.com/article/regional-stay-at-home-order-to-go-into-effect-san-joaquin-valley/34880138

The state’s regional stay-at-home order will go into effect for the San Joaquin Valley after the area’s available ICU capacity dropped below 15%.

The California Department of Public Health released the region’s numbers Friday night, but the order won’t go into effect until Dec. 5 at 12:59 p.m.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new stay-at-home order affects five regions with less than 15% availability at intensive care units. The new COVID restrictions will last for three weeks then be assessed weekly going forward as the state tries to slow the spread of surging coronavirus cases.

The Southern California region also fell below 15%. As of Friday, San Joaquin Valley is at 14.1% capacity in their ICU’s, and Southern California is at 13.1%.


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