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UPDATES ON THE CORONAVIRUS AND TRAVEL TO VISALIA, CA

Update: 4/3/2020

Closure of Sequoia Riverlands Trust: Kaweah Oaks Preserve / Dry Creek Preserve / All SRT properties

Officials with Sequoia Riverlands Trust announced today that due to the COVID-19 virus, all SRT preserves are now CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. Reopening date will be announced as soon as possible. For additional information visit their website at www.sequoiariverlands.org.


Update: 4/2/2020

Sequoia National Forest:

Officials announced March 26, the temporary closure of developed recreation sites until April 30. 

According to Forest Supervisor, Teresa Benson, the closure includes developed recreation opportunities managed by the Sequoia National Forest, permitted concessionaire California Land Management and the Giant Sequoia National Monument Association, cabin rentals, day-use areas, public restrooms, and other recreation facilities. Refunds for reservations made during the closure period will be issued.  Click here for more information.

Update: 3/25/2020

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks:

The parks announced the following changes to park operations. Effective immediately, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will be closed to all park visitors until further notice. California Highway 180 will remain open for pass-through traffic to access Giant Sequoia National Monument and private property. All other roads and parking facilities are temporarily closed. 

Update: 3/24/2020

Train Service through Hanford Station:  Effective today, Amtrak is reducing train services and have closed the stations in Hanford and Fresno. Amtrak San Joaquin is suspending service for six trains: 701, 702, 703, 704, 714 and 717. Please check with Amtrak for further details. 

Update: 3/21/2020

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park has closed all public facilities effective 3/20/2020 until further notice.

Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers, all public facilities are now temporarily closed, including park visitor centers, contact stations, lodges, and restaurants.

Park areas that remain open include Redwood Canyon in Kings Canyon and Mineral King Road, South Fork and North Fork areas of Sequoia National Park.

Please see park website for more details. Click here

Update: 3/20/2020

Visit Visalia office staff will shift to remote operations effective today. Staff will be available 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday via phone, email and via our website. We are happy to continue to mail visitor brochures out as requests are received. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Brochures are available at most Visalia Hotels and currently all hotels remain open.


Update: 3/19/2020

Visalia Hotel Operations:

As of today, all Visalia hotels are open for business. Understandably some services such as restaurant offerings and room service may be reduced. Please check with the properties directly as this situation is evolving.

Venues and Restaurant Operations:

To comply with local and state health department requirements, many restaurants and venues are reducing services or are temporarily closed. To help our followers easily find this information, Visit Visalia has created a website page. Click here to see. Also, we share venue and restaurant info on our Instagram page. Click on our Instagram stories or highlights "Support Local" for information.


Update: 3/18/2020

Restaurant Operations, Event Cancellations and Venue Closures:

California public health officials have issued a policy restricting non-essential gatherings to protect public health in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to this, events across Visalia have been cancelled or postponed and restaurants and attractions have had to adjust operations amid travel restrictions and increased health precautions. We will be doing our best to update this page as announcements are made. 

You can find information on these changes by clicking here. We will do our best to update this page as information becomes available to us, though we encourage you to double-check with the venue as the situation is constantly evolving. 


Update: 3/17/2020

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks currently remain open to visitors. However some services have been shuttered. Please see below for an update from the Park Service. 

Update from Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks:
Following guidance from the CDC and state, local, and NPS public health officers, park contact stations are temporarily closed, including Kings Canyon and Foothills visitor centers, Giant Forest Museum, and the parks’ Wilderness Office. Where it is possible to adhere to this guidance, outdoor spaces will remain open to the public.

The NPS urges visitors to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.

TRAVEL TIP: Download Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park mobile app for on-the-go information about the parks. Click here for more information.


Last Updated: 3/13/20

Like most U.S. destinations right now, Visit Visalia is monitoring official websites, CDC updates, and news reports regarding best practices during the COVID-19 outbreak. Due to the evolving nature of this outbreak we suggest that visitors seek the most current factual information available and follow guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s important to know that Visalia and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (click here for NPS updates) are currently open and welcoming travelers. While the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low, our hospitality partners are taking numerous steps to ensure the cleanliness of their properties and are carefully following the guidelines of the U.S. Department of State, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local health department authorities. Some of the additional actions being taken include increased cleaning and disinfecting, enhanced hand sanitizer stations, ongoing education awareness of staff, and more. We want to ensure a comfortable stay in Visalia.

At any time while a person is traveling, hygiene is important. We encourage travelers to follow the recommendations provided by the California Department of Public Health. 

  1. Wash Your Hands. Use soap and warm water and wash frequently for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Cover a cough or sneeze. Use your sleeve or a tissue to cover your mouth and wash your hands afterwards.
  3. Don’t Touch. Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  4. Keep your distance. Practice social distancing (6 feet) and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  5. Stay home. If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms like a cough or fever, stay home.
  6. Get Help. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, shortness of breath) call your healthcare provider or local health department.

Should you find yourself feeling ill while in Visalia, here is a sampling of resources available to you:

                Kaweah Delta Hospital

For free COVID-19 assessment by phone, people in Tulare County can call (559) 624-4110 to schedule a phone appointment. Please call your primary care physician first.

                Tulare County Health and Human Services

Residents and Visitors who become ill can dial 211 or (559) 685-5720 to speak with our local health and human services department.

                California Department of Public Health

                Center for Disease Control 

Visit CDC Travel for the latest guidance on travel:  cdc.gov/travel

Prevencion COVID 19 Grafico: COVID 19 Prevention Graphic in Spanish


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