Wolf Administration Reminds
Pennsylvanians to Wear Mask While Enjoying the Outdoors
PA – Governor
Tom Wolf and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today reminded Pennsylvanians to wear masks
while enjoying the outdoors when they are not able to consistently maintain
social distancing from individuals who are not members of their household.
critical that Pennsylvanians take opportunities to go outside and enjoy our
many parks, trails and beaches. It’s good for our mental and physical
health. But we must do so safely,” Gov. Wolf said. “Park attendance has
increased dramatically, so Pennsylvanians should protect themselves and
their fellow outdoor seekers by wearing a mask.”
Dunn said recent Bureau of State Park attendance figures show people
turning to the outdoors in record numbers. May 2020 attendance reports show
5.8 million visitors compared to 4.2 million last year. The parks system
increased by over 1.5 million visitors, a 36 percent increase, and 18 parks
experienced more than a 100 percent increase.
weekend brought a crush of visitors to almost all our state parks, and
those numbers reinforce the need for all park visitors to be smart and safe
by wearing masks,” Dunn said. “Our park officials tell us the holiday
crowds were orderly and, for the most part, observing self-distancing but
masks were not being worn by many. For the safety of all, masks should be
worn, especially in areas where park visitors gather: pools and beaches
when not in the water; restroom areas; and state park offices and visitor
updated state park and forest facilities, visit DCNR’s What’s Open and Closed map.
of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed an order mandating mask-wearing on July 1. It
remains in effect. Frequently Asked Questions about the mask-wearing order
can be found here.
NOTE: Video of
DCNR Secretary Dunn on the importance of wearing a mask is available for
download via PAcast.
Lyndsay Kensinger, Governor, RA-GVGOVPRESS@pa.gov
Novak, DCNR, email@example.com,