Yellowstone National Park begins partial reopening
Visitors were allowed in through Wyoming entrances Monday. Montana and Idaho entrances remain closed, and services in the park are limited.
Park officials say the number of visitors coming into Yellowstone's east entrance in Wyoming was about average for an opening day East entrance Supervisor Brian Perry says about 300 cars came in during the 1st 3 hours. He expects 500 but the thousands who usually come through Montana's entrances. We're not in the park on this day. Commercial buses are not allowed in the park yet. Handouts caution. People toe wear, face coverings in crowded areas and stay six feet away from other people on board walks and trails. People exploring Yellowstone can only travel on the lower loop now, but that means they can still see things like old faithful, Yellowstone Lake and Hayden Valley, which has bears bison and wolves. But there will be no hotels or restaurants. Self serve gasoline and park restrooms air open for necessities, but campgrounds take out food service. Fishing and visitor centers will remain closed until phase two openings, The park press release says. That will happen when quote safe and appropriate mitigation measures are in place. Park employees are wearing face protection, and entrance rangers are protected by plexiglass. I am ecstatic this visitor from New Mexico was on her first trip to Yellowstone with friends from Washington State and Wyoming. She was not worried about the virus. Not so much out here. Everything is so open and there's so much space, honestly, the air so clean I'd be surprised unless I was right up against another person to actually contract anything. But people are crowding up in the park already. This group seemed to have come in together in two cars, But just like outside the park, not everyone is wearing a mask here from Yellowstone. Penny Preston, reporting for NBC News.