LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The National Park Service mandated Monday that all visitors, employees and contractors must wear a mask inside NPS buildings and in crowded outdoor areas, regardless of vaccination status.
The mask policy applies to all NPS buildings, public transportation systems and outdoor spaces where physical distancing is limited.READ MORE: Grieving Family Looking For Killer Of 22-Year-Old Alejandro Legaria Rangel In Huntington Park
The updated mandate is in line with the CDC recommendation and will be in effect until further notice.READ MORE: Man Shot And Stabbed Outside Crowded Glendale Pastry Shop, Suspect On The Loose
“Visitors to national parks are coming from locations across the country, if not across the world. 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,” NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge said in a statement.
Capt. Maria Said, an epidemiologist in the NPS Office of Public Health, added, “Masking in addition to being vaccinated will help prevent the spread of new variants and protect those who are more at risk of severe disease. This simple act of kindness allows us to be safe while we continue to enjoy the benefits of our national parks.”MORE NEWS: Man Struck Multiple Times In Daylight Shooting In Riverside
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