Park Service Updates Mask Mandates

A picture of two medical masks

The National Park Service (NPS) updated its masking guidance to align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new standards.

The changes will drop mask mandates in 13 states which do not have areas the CDC identifies a high COVID-19 community level. In numerous other states, parks not in high level counties also would drop mask mandates from required to optional.

“Planning ahead has always been an important part of having a great park experience,” NPS Director Chuck Sams said. “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.”

NPS stated masks are still required on all forms of enclosed public transportation.

In high level areas, masks are required for everyone in all NPS buildings, regardless of vaccination status. In most low and medium level areas, masks are optional.

NPS stated visitors should follow signs and park staff instructions. Visitors and employees are always welcome to wear a mask, NPS stated, if it makes them more comfortable.

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