CHESTERTON - The National Park Service has implemented the federal mask mandate at the Indiana Dunes National Park.
Bruce Rowe, Supervisory Park Ranger and Public Information Officer said in a news release that the mandate was put in place to protect the health of those who live, work, and visit national parks and National Park Service facilities, and in support of President Biden’s executive order on protecting the federal workforce and requiring mask-wearing.
At Indiana Dunes National Park, face masks are now required in all park buildings and facilities, including the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center, the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education and the pavilion at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including on narrow or busy trails, overlooks, and in historic homes.
Park superintendent Paul Labovitz says wearing a mask is an easy way to say that you care about each other and such an easy way to stop the spread of COVID-19 until we all receive the vaccine.