Lake Shasta Caverns Closes as Health Officials Designate it as an ‘Indoor Museum’

The management at Lake Shasta Caverns received a surprising alert this week as the Shasta County Health and Human Services Officer determined the cave to be an “indoor museum” and must close due to Covid-19 parameters. The decision was confusing, since the National Natural Landmark has been open to the public since it reopened on June 12th following a 3-month closure.

“Although we vehemently disagree with the order, we will be respectful to our community and re-open in a compliant and proper manner as we did before,” said Lake Shasta Caverns in a Facebook post.

The closure of Shasta Caverns is another example of the confusion surrounding Covid-19 closures throughout the country. Businesses have routinely heard conflicting reports on the protocol to stay open during the pandemic, and Shasta Caverns is the latest victim of the ongoing bureaucracy. The tours through the caverns will remain closed until further notice, but management will use this opportunity to offer more experiences to the public.

“While the news is discouraging, we are looking at this with positive ideas and creating a host of new experiences for our guests,” said Shasta Caverns management. “Extended lake tours, private family functions anywhere on the lake, mountain top bus tours and outdoor activities to ensure our guests retain the excellent educational opportunities that our guides provide.”

Read the full statement from Lake Shasta Caverns General Manager Matt Doyle here:

Want to learn more about Shasta Caverns? Check out our trip to the beautiful cave:

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