A Very Popular Maine Tourist Destination Will Now Require Masks
According to WGME 13, Maine's largest seasonal tourist destination will now be requiring masks inside all of the buildings on property.
Acadia National Park, the only National Park in New England, has said that due to developing guidance from the National Centers for Disease Control, they have opted to, at least for the time being, enforce a masking mandate inside all of the park's buildings.
Additionally, Acadia said that masks will be required indoors regardless of whether or not a person has been vaccinated or not.
According to WGME 13, Maine currently has the highest COVID infection rate per every 100,000 people in the entire United States.
The state of Maine reported last week that there were 372 COVID cases per every 100,000 residents, a seven day rolling average found. WGME said that’s nearly three times higher than the national average which is currently sitting at 130 cases per 100,000.
The Maine CDC reports the number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus grew to 169 on Wednesday, the highest number in Maine in months.
Acadia National Park, undoubtedly the state's most frequented tourist area, saw a whopping (and record!) four million visitors through the gates in 2021, according to Maine Public. That's an increase of 500,000 people from previous years.