The Grand Canyon National Park will begin to slowly phase-in reopening procedures Friday. National Park officials say the South Rim’s South Entrance will reopen from May 15th through the 18th for incoming traffic from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. Officials say once visitors enter the park, they can stay throughout the day, however there is no overnight stays and admission is free. There will be limited day use access to the viewpoints at Pipe Creek Vista, Shoshone Point, Twin Overlooks, Duck on a Rock, Thor’s Hammer, No Name Point and Navajo Point along East Desert View Drive. Picnic areas near Shoshone Point Pavilion, east of Yaki Road, Thor’s Hammer and Buggein Picnic area will be reopened, along with restroom facilities located by the south entrance of the park along with picnic areas east of Yaki Road, Shoshone Point and Buggein picnic area. Officials recommend arriving at the park no later than 9:30 a.m. to make sure you get in. The National Park Service is working with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access. The Grand Canyon has been closed to the public since April 1st.