Mask mandates return to some national parks

Ohat make Denali, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstoneand Yosemite national parks have in common? In addition to being among the largest and most popular protected public spaces in the United States, they have all recently reinstated indoor mask policies due to a rise in COVID cases nationwide.

The new mandates are based on Department of the Interior policy that is informed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. COVID-19 Community Levels, classifications that classify workloads in the community as “low”, “medium” or “high”. Currently, cities in and around the above national parks are experiencing high levels of COVID transmission.

Since all National Parks adhere to Home Office guidelines, it is a good idea to check each park’s website or download the NPS app for information on current COVID measures before visiting a National Park. given to the United States.

Grand Canyon National Park said that he has reinstated the “masking requirements to protect our community, park employees and visitors”. The Grand Canyon added that its leaders decided to only remove masking restrictions after two consecutive weeks of “average” COVID-19 community levels.

“We are concerned about week-to-week back and forth as the COVID pandemic develops and changes,” the park said. “Park management’s efforts are to strive for consistency in policies and processes and to ensure that our operations and staff are as safe and secure as possible.”

Although the Grand Canyon is not removing the mandate until there are two consecutive weeks of reduced cases, the NPS said it is up to park managers to decide when to remove the masks. The other parks have yet to announce what measures they will use to give the green light.

While masking is not required in most outdoor areas, it will be required for National Park Service buildings (such as visitor centers, gift shops, offices, restaurants, and bus depots) and on all tourist buses and shuttles. Currently in Denali, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Yosemite, all visitors age two and older are required to wear masks in indoor areas, regardless of their vaccination status.

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