FWS Public Health Update External Affairs
Close up of the coronavirus (COVID-19) strain.

Image: Coronavirus (COVID-19) strain.
CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Coronavirus: What You Should Know

The Interior Department’s current policy incorporates CDC guidance. As CDC science-based guidance changes, our policy will adapt. Visitors have always been encouraged by Interior to review CDC guidance when making their plans to recreate responsibly. CDC guidance for vaccinated people recommends that when outdoors, people should wear a mask if they find themselves in crowded situations where physical distancing cannot be maintained regardless of their vaccination status, which can certainly occur in certain areas of public lands. There will continue to be Interior managed areas where visitors may be required to wear a mask, such as inside buildings and in crowded venues. We will continue to ask visitors to follow CDC guidance to recreate responsibly.

Facility Status

Although most refuge and hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you:

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Follow coronavirus.gov for the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government.