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.