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Masks now required at National Parks

August 16, 2021 — Following the latest science and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Park Service (NPS) is immediately requiring visitors, employees and contractors to wear a mask inside all NPS buildings and in crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels.

“Visitors to national parks are coming from locations across the country, if not across the world. Because of this, and recognizing that the majority of the United States is currently in substantial or high transmission categories, we are implementing a service-wide mask requirement to ensure our staff and visitors’ safety,” said NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge.

This requirement will be in effect until further notice and applies to all NPS buildings and public transportation systems. It also applies to outdoors spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as narrow or busy trails and overlooks.

“Being vaccinated is the most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangers of the coronavirus. Masking in addition to being vaccinated will help prevent the spread of new variants and protect those who are more at risk of severe disease. This simple act of kindness allows us to be safe while we continue to enjoy the benefits of our national parks,” said Capt. Maria Said, MD, an epidemiologist in the NPS Office of Public Health and a member of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Individuals looking to get a COVID-19 vaccine can visit vaccines.gov to find a location close to them and make an appointment. Individuals can also text their ZIP code to 438829 and get a text with the closest COVID-19 vaccine location.

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Kamwick
1 year ago

This requirement will be in effect until further notice and applies to all NPS buildings and public transportation systems. It also applies to outdoors spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as narrow or busy trails and overlooks.”

Not at all unreasonable, given the crowds.

Of course, the crowds are a good reason to avoid the parks 😉

Bob p
1 year ago

Another ********* way to control Americans, we’ll I’ll defy their attempts to control me. I won’t visit their parks, the last time I was there I didn’t lose anything so there’s no reason to go back. If Americans like to protest so much why don’t they protest the control of their lives by the political party in charge now? Don’t go and when they’re losing money they’ll change their mind.

Micheal Whelan
1 year ago

Nope, had enough.
We are vaccinated and better educated.
When outdoor we mask no more.
While in store….. we may mask some more.
Now I’m grumpy and gray
let the mask police stay a way….. Burmashave!

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RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Micheal Whelan

😆 Not to mention the fact that you can’t shave with a mask on, eh? Have a great day, Michael. 🙂 –Diane

Sheridan
1 year ago
Reply to  Micheal Whelan

Not completely sure I agree with your no mask limit, but I loved your clever Burmashave.
Humor is such a Great tonic to strident argument. Bravo and Happy Travels my friend.

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