At Interior, we are committed to providing up-to-date information and resources to help you safely visit DOI lands including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other federally managed lands and facilities.
Whether seeking wide-open spaces or exploring a historic urban neighborhood, you should always recreate responsibly.
To protect yourself and others from COVID-19, follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about how to protect yourself and others when visiting lands and recreational facilities.
Follow the tips below to stay safe and help us stop the spread of COVID-19:
Interior is following CDC guidance for mask wearing as required by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force, per Executive Order 13991.
|…the CDC COVID-19 Community Level is High where the facility is located||
Wear a mask indoors.
|…masks are required by federal, state, local, Tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, regardless of the CDC COVID-19 Community Level||
Wear a mask.
|…the CDC COVID-19 Community Level is Medium or Low where the facility is located||
You do not have to wear a mask in most situations.
|…you want to use any form of DOI-operated aircraft, boats and other maritime transportation conveyances, and buses with multiple occupants, regardless of COVID-19 Community Levels;||
Wear a mask.
We strongly encourage everyone to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. COVID-19 vaccines provide an opportunity to return to a more normal lifestyle and prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death. If you are not up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations, please consider becoming up to date. In the meantime, maintain physical distance, and observe other COVID-19 health and safety protocols for unvaccinated individuals until you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations.
More than 200 million Americans have already received COVID-19 vaccines with a very low occurrence of any serious side effects. All COVID-19 vaccines will continue to be intensely monitored for safety. The more unvaccinated people there are, the greater the chance COVID-19 has to spread and mutate into more contagious variants that cause severe disease. COVID-19 vaccines are our best defense and are effective against current variants.
It is normal to have questions about the vaccines. We encourage you to find answers. Learn how you can find credible vaccine information, identify facts about COVID-19 vaccines and get answers to commonly asked questions about vaccinations.
Our goal is to prioritize the health and safety of our workforce while sustaining the mission of the Department.
The Department of the Interior COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan serves as a framework for our implementation of the President’s Executive Order, Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memo 21-15 COVID-19 Safe Federal Workplace: Agency Model Safety Principles.
We continue to closely monitor and respond to COVID-19. We update and implement requirements based on direction from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force, created by the President to give the heads of federal agencies ongoing guidance to keep their employees safe and their agencies operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are working with federal, state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments, public health officials, health care providers, researchers and the public to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our employees, visitors, partners, and contractors safe. At every step, we are using the latest science to guide our decision-making.
The lead agencies coordinating the federal response to COVID-19 are the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Interior’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) supports this effort by planning and implementing Interior’s response.