If you’re planning to make the trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the next few weeks, be aware that the park will once again require masks for all indoor spaces as of August 10th in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Though the release provides very few specifics regarding the reinstatement, it does clarify that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to mask up indoors.
“Consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission, visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside all park buildings.” – Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Of course, since one is supposed to be outside most of the time while visiting national parks, this will likely cause very little difference to anyone’s vacation, but it’s worth knowing that you need to pack a mask if you hope to check out the gift shops, any food vendors, and any bathrooms. Hopefully cases will decrease to the point where the mandate will no longer be required within the next few weeks.
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