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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is following federal, state and local public health authority guidance as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is focused on ensuring employees, their families, volunteers, and visitors are safe by following the most current guidance from coronavirus.gov and state and local public health authorities.

Facility Status

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

Current Policies

The Department of the Interior’s current COVID-19 policy incorporates CDC guidance. As CDC science-based guidance changes, our policy will adapt. Visitors have always been encouraged by DOI to review CDC guidance when making their plans to recreate responsibly. The CDC recommends all individuals wear a mask indoors in public in areas of substantial or high transmission. Recognizing that most of the United States is currently in substantial or high transmission categories and to best protect visitors and our staff, we’ve implemented a nationwide mask requirement. Masks are now required inside all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service buildings, regardless of vaccination status or location. All people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation and in healthcare settings on DOI lands. We will continue to ask visitors to follow CDC guidance to recreate responsibly.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 


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