With the coronavirus being declared as a national emergency on Friday, many local businesses and restaurants in the Smokies have been addressing concerns about the virus, and some have decided to close their doors. 

Most notably, Dollywood announced on Friday that the 35th season opening for general guests would be postponed until March 28. 

Dolly Parton’s Stampede and Pirates Voyage will also be closed beginning March 16.

Despite this delay, in true Dollywood fashion, the park remains committed to taking care of their own.

According to The Mountain Press, Dollywood is planning to pay their employees for shifts they were scheduled to work. 

“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 in a statement on the website. “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’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins remain open at this time.

Protect yourself and those around you by following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Visit the CDC website and the Tennessee Department of Health website for the latest information about the coronavirus.

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