(Headline USA) Yosemite National Park in California announced this week that it would be reinstating an indoor mask mandate following an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the region, according to the New York Post.
“Due to the high COVID-19 community level, mask wearing is now required for all people when entering federal buildings and public transportation in Yosemite National Park, regardless of vaccination status,” an Instagram post by Yosemite National Park said.
Critics blasted the national park service online for failing to “follow the science.”
“People just need to stop obeying this crap.” – Twitter user Joe Gregory.
“Masks do little to nothing and multiple data points prove they are ineffective along with real world examples,” he continued. “Look at how well it’s worked for China for example. This virus is a part of our genome now.”
Mariposa County, which is one county in which the park is located, has 51 total cases of COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Though no city has brought back its indoor mask mandate, plenty of other leftist institutions have been quick to reintroduce them over the past several weeks.
In Boston and Philadelphia, for example, public school students were required to wear face masks upon returning to the classroom after the holidays.
The University of Massachusetts Boston also reinstated its mask mandate this month, noting that it applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
“Our mask requirement applies to all individuals regardless of vaccination status and the requirement applies in all indoor settings (including campus shuttles) as well as in crowded outdoor settings,” school officials said.
Los Angeles County considered reinstating its indoor mask mandate in December, but ultimately decided against it, likely fearing the public backlash that would have occurred.
“Given both the increases in hospitalizations and the lack of certainty in the winter trajectory for COVID-19, continuing some common-sense mitigation strategies that we know work to limit transmission and illness, including masking and being up to date on vaccines and boosters, remains a very sensible approach,” the county’s public health director Barbara Ferrer said at the time.
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