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Wearing masks on trails

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I see that the NPS is still requiring masks where social distancing is not possible, even outside, regardless of the updated CDC recommendations. For people who have been at Yosemite recently, are people generally wearing masks on the trails and at lookout points? We will be visiting in a few days and wanted to get a sense of what to expect.

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Actually, they are not requiring such for fully vaccinated folks. You have to dig deeper. There is a link to click on at the top of all NP sites. Use common sense and courtesy if you are fully vaccinated.

https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm

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I have traveled most of 2020 to include national parks.

From what I have observed, some are wearing masks, but most aren’t.

We don’t wear masks when we hike or when we are anywhere outside. Enjoy your trip.

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The signage up this past week outside says that masks are required outside ONLY if social distancing isn't possible. But it was prior to the modification the CDC put out this week re vaccinated people.

I'd say the place social distancing can't be maintained from what I saw was the mist trail in particular. From previous years I could imagine that lower Yosemite fall viewing area and tunnel view particularly on a weekend could fall into this too.

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Thanks SWPDXer. That link does have info that appears to contradict the banner at the top of every NPS web page flatly stating "Face masks are required on NPS-administered lands where physical distancing cannot be maintained and in all NPS buildings and facilities". I will have a mask, but only plan to wear it inside facilities when required.

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Sorry hit post too soon. It's a mixture of masked and not for sure....even in the incredibly packed mist trail area.

I noticed a number of people pulling up their masks if approaching large groups of people (I saw a number of traveling groups of 15 plus people taking up entire trail areas so it's just slower to navigate through and there's lots of people....which I think is what prompted some people to pull masks up).

For anyone else reading this thread i'm pretty cautious compared to many, and on the weekdays this past week it felt reasonable to be without a mask outside on the bike trails, mirror lake, and around the visitor center and indian village area. I didn't make it up to glacier point or tunnel view though where sometimes people are packed a bit more in.

Note that these were weekdays. The weekends and memorial day weekend in particular will likely be busier...even with the day use reservation.

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National NPS information may not be applicable. Yosemite has been coordinating its in-park requirements with the COVID requirements/conditions in the four immediately surrounding gateway counties. They are small rural counties with good but limited heath care services and the park can have a large impact.

Madera County (Oakhurst) just dropped on May 11 from the red/substantial conditions tier down to the orange/moderate tier which allowed more loosening of restrictions. It was the last of the gateway counties to move down to the moderate tier.

But since it is an ongoing changing situation (becoming looser or tighter), I would rely on local park information not the national NPS web pages.

Even the national page linked above says "Please check with individual parks for specific details about park operations."

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I would do what Marmot stated. I wear a bandana folded over on the side of my neck. If it gets crowded, just reposition if over your face. Easy enough to be safe and courteous.

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I was in Yosemite May3-6. There was very little mask wearing outdoors. All indoor facilities required masks to enter.

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Linda how busy was it?

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