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SNP updates COVID-19 masks requirements

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

The Shenandoah National Park (SNP) announced that going forward masks must be worn in all buildings in the park effective today Aug. 22.

The change is in response to the high transmission rates in the area of the park regarding COVID-19.

The National Park Service (NPS) in collaboration with the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) use the latest science to guide decisions regarding COVID-19.

Superintendent Pat Kenney explains that the park monitors local community levels and respond when transmission levels are high.

The trigger to require masking is when the majority of the counties that the park resides in move into high transmission status.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) community levels are released weekly and adjustments in requirements will be made accordingly.

Currently all individuals over the age of two must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status in all common areas and shared work spaces in the park.

The public can check the park’s website before visiting for the latest information about the current status on masks.

Visitors to any State or National Park are asked to follow signs and instructions that are posted at all parks in NPS.

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