Visitors to Acadia National Park will be required to wear masks indoors, and in several outdoor areas.

The directive came from the National Park Service and applies to visitors and staff members of Acadia National Park. According to the Friends of Acadia website, it's meant to apply to any areas where physical distancing is challenging, including crowded outdoor spaces. While transmission levels have remained steady at 'substantial' since the arrival of the Delta variant, park officials say a change in that status would not alter their mask ruling. Since so many visitors come from out of state, or even out of the country, there's no way to identify the transmission status for each individual's hometown. To keep everyone safe, masks are required in some outdoor, and all indoor spaces.

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Masks are required at the following locations:

  • Campground amphitheaters
  • Ranger-led programs
  • Sidewalks
  • Island Explorer Bus Stops
  • Duck Harbor Dock
  • Plaza surrounding the Hulls Cove Visitor's Center, Sieur De Mont Nature Center, all gift shops, and Wildwood Stables.

The requirements apply to all visitors, federal employees, volunteers, partners, and contractors in federal buildings and on federal lands administered by the National Park Service. Any visitor, employee, contractor, volunteer or other partner who is unable to wear a mask properly or can't tolerate a mask can speak to park rangers about any adaptations or alternatives that may be available.

The Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland recommends that anyone planning to visit a state park consider getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and help stop the spread of the virus.

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