I have been to St Louis a few times.  Seen a Cardinals game, and I visited a friend one year around the 4th of July and sat along the Mississippi river and saw fireworks shot off of a barge on the water.  For whatever reason, I did not go inside the Gateway Arch.  Obviously I have seen it, but have yet to go inside.  I plan on rectifying that in a few weeks.  And I will have a mask in hand.  It will now be a requirement.

Image of St. Louis downtown with Gateway Arch at night.
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This info is courtesy of the Gateway Arch National Park Facebook page:

Effective Monday, June 6th, visitors to Gateway Arch National Park, regardless of vaccination status, are now required to wear a mask inside all park buildings. The National Park Service masking guidance aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) COVID-19 Community Levels tool, which helps communities decide what prevention steps to take. According to the CDC, St. Louis City and St. Louis County are at the High (Red) level due to increased cases of COVID-19. Masks will be available for free inside the facility if you forget to bring one.

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Officials said the masking rule is in pace as the city and county are at a high level of COVID-19 cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention community levels tool recommends masking at the high (red) level of COVID cases. You can get more info about the rise in case by clicking HERE.

I am glad I am double vaccinated and boosted.  I will be happy to wear a mask to protect others.  I don't think this will prevent people from coming.  Hope people will not give employees there a hard time.  Lets enjoy the Arch and err on the side of caution. And it isn't too late to get vaccinated.

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