One Safe Thing: National Parks Mask Up

Image: U.S. Department of the Interior via Twitter

Rugged outdoorsmen, post quarantine vacationers, and first-time campers can now breathe easy at the nation’s national parks, even as Delta variant cases continue to rise. The National Park Service has reinstated mask requirements for all visitors at national parks while indoors or at crowded outdoor gatherings. The mandate will apply to all guests regardless of vaccination status. Although the chances are significantly reduced by the vaccine, vaccinated people still run the risk of catching and transmitting the virus.

Wearing masks means that visitors can spend more time enjoying nature and less time worrying about the health of themselves and their loved ones. “This simple act of kindness allows us to be safe while we continue to enjoy the benefits of our national parks,” said Captain Maria Said, an epidemiologist in the National Park Service Office of Public Health.  

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