Shenandoah National Park reinstates mandatory mask wearing in park buildings

Shenandoah NP entrance

~ Press release issued by Shenandoah National Park

LURAY, Aug. 21 — Following National Park Service policy and CDC guidance, masks must be worn in all Shenandoah National Park buildings, effective Monday, Aug. 22, 2022. This change is in response to high transmission rates in the area of the park.  

The NPS, in collaboration with the US Public Health Service, uses the latest science to guide decision making about COVID-19.  

“We monitor local community levels and respond when transmission levels are high,” Superintendent Pat Kenney explained. “The trigger to require masking is when the majority of the counties that the Park resides in move into high transmission status.”

The CDC community levels are released weekly and adjustments in requirements will be made accordingly. 

All individuals over the age of 2 must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, in all common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to, park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops, and restaurants.  

Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement. 

The public is encouraged to check the park website — — before visiting for the latest information about current conditions. Visitors to the park are asked to follow signs and instructions from park staff and volunteers. 



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