When you enter Yosemite National Park, you are immediately awestruck by its towering waterfalls plunging into the Merced River, the groves of giant sequoia trees and massive domes of granite, the most famous known as Half Dome. But explore deeper and you'll learn of the historic lodges, Gold Rush history, Buffalo Soldiers and the Miwok people who lived here before it became a park.
On Feb. 2, 2021, the National Park Service announced an across-the-board mask requirement for all parks and federal buildings, commenting that the mandate is to “protect the health of those who live, work and visit our national parks and facilities,” in a statement.
“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.
Under the order released Feb.2, face masks are required at all times in all National Park Service buildings and facilities. Masks are also required on park service-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails. Additional public health measures may be in place at individual parks.
How to Be an Informed and Mindful Traveler
With COVID-19 impacting travel, we’ve identified 5 essential factors you should consider before you hit the road. And one last thing. Throw your propensity to assume out the window. As we’ve seen last summer season, there are no guarantees that businesses will stay open, virus cases will go down or stay-at-home orders will be a thing of the past.