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Published on Tuesday, August 17, 2021

National Park Service implements nationwide mask requirement






The National Park Service (NPS) is now mandating visitors, employees and contractors wear a mask inside all National Park Service buildings and in crowded outdoor spaces with immediate effect.


It is valid for all, even those fully vaccinated.


"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," said NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge.


The requirement will last until further notice and applies to all NPS buildings and public transportation systems.


It also applies to outdoors spaces where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed, such as narrow or busy trails and viewpoints.

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