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Posted on: February 3, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Hot Springs National Park implements federal mask requirement for COVID-19 prevention and protection


National Park Service                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hot Springs National Park

U.S. Department of the Interior                                                                                                                                                                             101 Reserve Street

Hot Springs, AR 71901

501-623-2824 phone

News Release

For Immediate Release 

Release Date:  February 3, 2021   

Contact:  Jori Welchans, 501-620-6715    

         Hot Springs National Park implements federal mask requirement 

for COVID-19 prevention and protection

Hot Springs, AR - To protect the health of those who live, work, and visit national parks and National Park Service (NPS) facilities, and in support of President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing, NPS is immediately implementing a mask requirement for employees, visitors, partners and contractors. At Hot Springs National Park, face masks are now required in all park buildings and facilities. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including Bathhouse Row, Grand Promenade, trails, scenic overlooks on Hot Springs, North, and West Mountains, Gulpha Gorge Campground, and day use areas.

The public can find information about the requirement on the park website and on signs throughout the park.

In addition, the following public health measures and temporary closures remain in effect:

    Administration Building is temporarily closed

    Fordyce Museum is temporarily closed

Hot Springs National Park superintendent Laura Miller said, “Our first priority at Hot Springs National Park is the health of community residents, employees, and our visitors. We continue to work with our park partners and concession operations to provide the safest possible experience for all. We encourage everyone to experience all that the park has to offer from hiking to bathing, in a respectful and responsible manner.”

As conditions are subject to change, visitors should check the park’s website and social media channels for details on operations before they visit. Other tips to recreate responsibly are available on Park rangers are on duty to provide information, protect visitors and park resources, and uphold this requirement.

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