Wednesday, November 29, 2023


National Park Service implements mask mandate in parks

On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, the National Park Service (NPS) implemented a mask requirement for employees, visitors, partners and contractors visiting all parks, buildings, and facilities.

Face masks are now required in all National Park Service buildings and facilities. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, overlooks and historic homes. Additional public health measures are in place across the service, from capacity limits to one-way trails, or even temporary closures in response to local conditions.

NPS Office of Public Health Director Captain Sara Newman says, “Getting outside and enjoying our public lands is essential to improving mental and physical health, but we all need to work together to recreate responsibly.” Social distancing, hand-washing and wearing a mask are the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Working with public health officials and following the latest science and guidance, we can make national parks safer for employees, visitors and partners,” said NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge. “We will continue to evaluate operations and make appropriate modifications to visitor services as needed.”

Visitors should check individual park websites and social media channels for details on operations before they visit. Park rangers are on duty to provide information, protect visitors and park resources, and uphold this requirement.


Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Boltman (@guest_115391)
2 years ago

You want to wear a mask? Wear one but quit trying to shame the rest of us into wearing a useless piece of clothe that does nothing except make you one of the crowd of those who don’t do their own research.
The CDC, and the WHO. And countless other scientists and doctors have flip flopped so many times that no one is credible when they tell you that masks work.
If they do then why are we still getting infected in the small out of the way places that have little or no outside influx of people coming in?
Live your life and do what YOU feel you need to but leave those of us alone that don’t agree with you…

Last edited 2 years ago by Boltman
Joe Allen (@guest_113993)
2 years ago

We worked in Yellowstone last year and thousands came into our stores. Yes, we wore a mask, sanitized the doors, freezers handles, counters, credit card machines, ourselves, every hour we were there! We heard of no issues while we were there for the 3 months..
I also agree with Vic on his statement on mask fittings, etc. In my business, we wore a full face mask that was positive pressure, since we dealt in carcinogenic products. Proper fit, filter changes and filters that worked with the products we were dealing with and faces clean shaven. The masks we are wearing today are a joke and make one feel good about themselves, but have no clue how or why they really don’t work. Again, makes you feel safe, which is a false feeling!

Linda (@guest_114011)
2 years ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

We worked there as well and heard of quite a few exposures and positive tests of employees and one guest I know of was hospitalized. I think they did a good job of trying to follow guidelines but maybe not the best on alerting employees of contact/positive results of co-workers.
The problem is the few that just flipped out over mask requirements inside buildings. But life isn’t perfect. All we can do is be respectful and press on.

Vic (@guest_113963)
2 years ago

I worked in a industry for 25 years that required the use of masks. It required yearly training in the proper use and fitment of masks as well as medical lung function test. These were OSHA required and science based . 1 The mask used must be desinged to stop the particle you want to stop in the case of covid a virus. If it is not it’s the same as NOT wearing a mask at all. Period. That’s the science. 2 The proper mask must be worn correctly and seal completely no gaps and for men this meant we had to be clean shaven. If not worn correctly its the same as NOT wearing a mask at all. Period. That’s the science. Disagree you are denier. Had I walked into work with a cloth face covering or any unapproved mask I would have been escorted from company property and told not to return. This was before masks were politized of course.

Kamwick (@guest_114069)
2 years ago
Reply to  Vic

Hopefully you’re not proposing that since ordinary masks don’t protect as completely as the heavy duty industrial varieties, that people shouldn’t bother wearing them?

The science never claimed that regular masks will completely protect one from Covid. But they WILL reduce the chances of transmission and therefore the spread when combined with keeping distance from those not in one’s household.

Vic (@guest_114079)
2 years ago
Reply to  Kamwick

Like I said the science that I was trained with for 25 years said unless the mask is designed to stop a virus it useless against the virus .Period. End of story. Please don’t deny the science.

Donald N Wright (@guest_113949)
2 years ago

Really ? June 2020, I camped at the Badlands NP and at Yellow Stone NP. Visitors wore masks, Rangers wore masks, volunteers and staff wore masks, In town at Walls and Cody, everyone wore masks. We were polite, we were careful about ourselves and others, we washed and distanced ourselves. We understand the risks.

C.Lee (@guest_113996)
2 years ago

That’s been my experience as well. Seems National Parks were already adhering to state and local “mandates” on the subject. It doesn’t appear this federal order really changes anything.

Eric (@guest_114291)
2 years ago
Reply to  C.Lee

It gives the responsible more ammunition to get the irresponsible to wear a mask or remove themselves from the proximity of others.

Jeff (@guest_113928)
2 years ago

These masks mandates are only that. Mandates. Governors and presidents can only enforce laws that are on the books. Every time there’s a health crisis we’re going to use a health issue to control the masses?
If people can find the video watch.
Wake up call what’s happening. It should be on bitchute.

Dave Gobel (@guest_113907)
2 years ago

All Federal buildings, parks, property, etc. have mask requirement for the first hundred days of the Biden administration. Let’s see if we can do this without claiming it’s unconstitutional!

Kamwick (@guest_114064)
2 years ago
Reply to  Dave Gobel

Or “politicized”.

The only people politicizing masks are those claiming they don’t help reduce the spread and that it’s infringing on their freedumb,

Local Treeper (@guest_114330)
2 years ago
Reply to  Kamwick

They don’t work but you don’t care about facts. If they DO work then why is the CDC saying to wear 2 masks now? Logic… I know it is less fun than emotion.

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