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National Parks update mask requirements

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2022 – The National Park Service has updated its masking guidance to align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new COVID-19 Community Levels tool, which helps communities decide what prevention steps to take. Effective immediately, masking requirements will vary by park based on local conditions; however, masks are still required on all forms of enclosed public transportation. Updates will be posted on individual park websites to help visitors plan their visit and on signs in parks.

In areas CDC identifies as high COVID-19 community level, masks are required for everyone in all NPS buildings, regardless of vaccination status. In most low and medium COVID-19 community level areas, masks are optional, but visitors should follow signs and instructions from park staff and volunteers. Visitors and employees are always welcome to wear a mask if it makes them more comfortable.

“Planning ahead has always been an important part of having a great park experience,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams. “As mask requirements evolve in parks, we want everyone to check the park website before heading out so that you know what to expect when you get there.”

The NPS continues to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, working closely with the doctors and public health professionals in the NPS Office of Public Health to use the latest science to guide its decision making. According to the CDC, risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 has been greatly reduced by increased vaccination levels, increased population immunity, and the wide availability of treatments. Additional prevention strategies, including vaccination and testing, are effective ways to stay safe.

SOURCE: National Park Press Release

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MadisonB
1 month ago

I visited Sandino Canyon in Tucson, AZ. No masks are required in the visitor center or bathrooms. BUT masks are required in the open air tour bus because it’s considered public transportation. Just silly.

Doug
2 months ago

Boy, that was a long two weeks!

Kit
2 months ago

I just returned from a week at Zion NP and there were no folks wearing masks in the public bathrooms at the campground (Watchman). I’m not sure how the personnel were supposed to “enforce” masking.

Tommy Molnar
2 months ago
Reply to  Kit

They can’t. People are just fed up.

Bill
2 months ago
Reply to  Kit

Now that covid is over by way of gov’t announcements, super spreaders are free to do their worst. Just because some people are fed up doesn’t wipe out their responsibility as citizens of a society to try not to spread disease. But I guess even the RVers have their population of me,me,me types.
So, my mask stays on to not only lessen the chance of getting sick, but to lessen the chance of spreading it.

Leonard Rempel
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill

I’m with you 100%!

BILLY Bob Thronton
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill

Science is in on the masks, (has been for months) you should really do yourself a favor, and brush up on the scientific data, it will help you cope.

If after you read the science, you still choose, well then its your choice, but refrain from those who read, digested, and moved forward.

Hurricane RV Storage
2 months ago
Reply to  Kit

I too have noticed this in Zion going back a year during our last visit. We noticed that many, if not most were maskless. Being outdoors, I am sure everyone will be fine. But interesting observation none-the-less. Forget about the southeast U.S. Glad this mess if finally coming to an end.