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NPS institutes mask mandate

NPS institutes mask mandate

A national mask mandate is now in place across the National Park Service. 

Visitors, employees and contractors are required to wear a mask in NPS buildings, transportation systems and crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels. 

“Visitors to national parks are coming from locations across the country, if not across the world,” said NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge. “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 to ensure our staff and visitors’ safety.” 

The requirement will be in effect until further notice.

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