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DOLLYWOOD GRAND OPENING IS RESCHEDULED FOR MAY

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THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK IS CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 8, 2020

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is closing its visitor centers as part of the effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Park officials said the Sugarlands, Oconaluftee, and Cades Cove Visitor Centers are closed until further notice.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and recommendations from state and local public health in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers, according to a news release.

The visitor facilities are closed for the safety of both staff and visitors, the release said.

Seasonally open park campgrounds, picnic areas, roads, trails, and restroom facilities located adjacent to visitor centers remain open.

For more information about current conditions in the park, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/conditions.htm or follow SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter.

The mountainous park along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina is the nation’s most visited national park.

The Board of Directors agreed to cancel the 2020 Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Games.

We will begin looking forward to hosting the 2021 Games on May 15-16 2021.

Our Sponsors, Patrons, Clan conveners, vendors, entertainers, and other contractors and partners will be contacted personally.If you have purchased early bird discounted tickets online already you will receive a refund.2019 was our most successful year ever, and although this is a great disappointment, we are confident that the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Games will come back STRONG IN 2021. Save the date for May 15 and 16, 2021

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Good afternoon Friends,
 
We want to thank you for being a customer and let you know we are thinking of you during this tough time. Following advice from health officials, we have decided to close TopJump and Crave Golf Club for until at least April 1, 2020 effective at end of day Saturday, March 21. We will evaluate weekly to determine an appropriate date to reopen. We will continue to update you as we know more through email, social media, and our website. We hope this is short-term, and we will continue to monitor the situation and let you know as soon as we can invite you back again! We love our guests, our team members, and our community! As we all face this pandemic together, keep your head up and know we will get through this!

In the meantime, we strongly encourage you to follow the advice of the CDC. You can learn how to protect yourself here. You can also find the latest updates here.
 
Also, if you have a future trip to the Smokies planned, please consider rescheduling rather than canceling if you are able. 
 
We look forward to seeing you soon!

 #CrushCOVID

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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The owners of The Comedy Barn Theater, Dolly Parton’s Stampede, Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud, Pirates Voyage, and Smoky Mountain Opry will be closed until May 9th.

World Choice Investments CEO Jim Rule said "We have been following the coronavirus crisis very closely and based on the new guidelines provided by the CDC yesterday and in consultation with the health experts, we are closing all of our theater facilities until May 9,”

The team at World Choice Investments will meet with the cast members at each facility this week. They continue to watch the conditions within our markets, consult with its medical experts and to follow CDC guidelines. Any additional changes will be released at a later time should they occur.

For guests with tickets for this period of temporary closure, please contact 865.453.4400 for rescheduling information.

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DOLLYWOOD TO POSTPONE GRAND OPENING TO PARK GUESTS UNTIL MARCH 28

PIGEON FORGE, TN (Friday, March 13, 2020) --- The coronavirus pandemic is an escalating and ever-changing issue. As a result, The Dollywood Company is delaying the opening of its Dollywood theme park to guests for the next two weeks beginning tomorrow (March 14). Dolly Parton’s Stampede and Pirates Voyage also will be closed beginning March 16. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins will remain open at this time.

“We have been following the coronavirus crisis very closely and based on developments within the last 24 hours and in consultation with health experts, we are going to delay our season opening until March 28,” Craig Ross, Dollywood President said. “Despite the delay in opening, we are committed to taking care of our hosts while the park remains closed.”

“We need to focus on good health and praying for those who are affected. We know brighter days are ahead,” Dolly Parton added.

Dollywood continues to watch the conditions within the East Tennessee area, to consult with its medical experts and to follow CDC guidelines. The park will communicate any additional changes should they occur.

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We at Vacation Lodge would like to let you know that we are doing our part to protect our guests and employees. This is a trying time for everyone. We are taking every precaution to unsure the safety and well being of our staff and our guests. Our remote controls are plastic wrapped and the wrapping is changed daily. All metal surfaces are disinfected daily. Door handles are cleaned with disinfectant several times a day. We wish to maintain a save and clean environment for any one who comes our way. The staff would like everyone to know we hope each person will be safe and virus free until this chaos is over. Our Prayers are with you.

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Is it safe to travel to Asheville and Western NC?  Many travelers have concerns about the risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as they make plans to visit the area. Here you can find daily updates for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Western North Carolina, including local reports, general advisories, travel recommendations, and event cancellations for the area. Also, find a list of WNC County Health Departments with information related to each county. Check back daily for updates!

*There are currently NO reported cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Asheville or any counties in Western North Carolina. Travel Alerts and Coronavirus Updates for North CarolinaMarch 12, 2020: Buncombe County and the city of Asheville has declared a local state of emergency to ensure that coronavirus COVID-19 “remains controlled and that residents and visitors in Buncombe County remain safe and secure.” What does quarantine in Asheville and Western NC look like for visitors to the region? It can include increasing social distance by limiting large gatherings like events, festivals, and attractions where large groups of people gather. Those with chronic health issues or 65+ should avoid large gatherings like churches, concerts, festivals, and sporting events.

Tips to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) according to the NCDHHS:Coronaviruses like COVID-19 are most often spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact (including touching and shaking hands) or through touching your nose, mouth or eyes before washing your hands.
eases.  Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds at a time.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid close contact with people who are ill.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

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