Yellowstone closure likely to delay summer tourist season

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, a bison walks through the snow in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley near Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo. The superintendent of Yellowstone National Park says it likely won’t reopen until May 2020 or later, delaying the start of its traditional summer season for millions of tourists because of the coronavirus outbreak. Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park have been closed since March 24, 2020, because of the virus. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File )
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CODY, Wyo. (The Cody Enterprise) The superintendent of Yellowstone National Park said it likely won’t reopen until May or later, delaying the start of its traditional summer season for millions of tourists because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park have been closed since March 24 because of the virus. The parks closed while they were mostly inaccessible because of lingering snow.

The virus has complicated the usual pattern of reopening gates, visitor centers, stores, restaurants and lodges between April and early June.

Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly said he intends to listen to health officers and elected officials in deciding when to reopen Yellowstone.