Masks are now required on NPS-managed lands, such as the Ocracoke Beach, when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including beaches and trails. Photo: C. Leinbach
Masks are now required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including beaches and trails. Photo: C. Leinbach

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The National Park Service is immediately requiring all employees, visitors, partners and contractors to wear face coverings on its properties.

The action follows President Biden’s recent executive order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the health of those who live, work, and visit national parks.

At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial, face masks are now required in all park buildings and facilities, including visitor centers and museums. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including beaches and trails.

As conditions are subject to change, visitors should check park websites and social media channels for details on operations before they visit.

Other tips to recreate responsibly are available on NPS.gov.

Park rangers are on duty to provide information, protect visitors and park resources, and uphold this requirement.

For a full listing of operations at each park, visit the following operational status pages:

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/operational-status-report.htm

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, www.nps.gov/fora/planyourvisit/operational-status-report.htm

Wright Brothers National Memorial, www.nps.gov/wrbr/planyourvisit/operational-status-report.htm

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