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Yosemite employees evicted amid coronavirus pandemic

Virus Outbreak Yosemite Layoffs
Posted at 3:23 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 18:23:36-04

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — An estimated 90 shuttle bus drivers and Yosemite National Park transportation workers who were laid off after the park closed to visitors in March are now facing eviction.

The group of Yosemite Hospitality workers were told this week layoffs require them to leave Yosemite by May 21. A spokesman for the company says it isn't planning to evict employees who are having trouble finding new housing.

The Fresno Bee reports these are the first known Yosemite evictions solely because of layoffs caused by the pandemic. They come in spite of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order calling for a statewide moratorium on evictions through May 31. Though it’s unclear how the order pertains to federal lands.