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Face masks now required in all National Parks and federal buildings

Grand Canyon hikers wear masks on the South Kaibab Trail Dec. 10. Masks are now required on all federal lands.(Wendy Howell/WGCN)

Grand Canyon hikers wear masks on the South Kaibab Trail Dec. 10. Masks are now required on all federal lands.(Wendy Howell/WGCN)

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — On Feb. 8, the National Park Service implemented a mask requirement for all employees and visitors to parks.

“Wearing a mask around others, physical distancing, and washing your hands are the simplest and most effective public health measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” said NPS Office of Public Health Director Captain Sara Newman. “Getting outside and enjoying our public lands is essential to improving mental and physical health, but we all need to work together to recreate responsibly.”

Face masks are now required in all NPS buildings and facilities.

Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, overlooks and historic homes. Additional public health measures are in place across the service, from capacity limits to one-way trails or even temporary closures in response to local conditions.

“Working with public health officials and following the latest science and guidance, we can make national parks safer for employees, visitors and partners,” said NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge. “We will continue to evaluate operations and make appropriate modifications to visitor services as needed.”

Visitors should check individual park websites and social media channels for details on operations before they visit. Park rangers are on duty to provide information, protect visitors and park resources, and uphold this requirement.

More information is available at nps.gov.

Information provided by NPS

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