October 2, 2020: Outdoor Industry News - SNEWS

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

#OptOutside continues: Even in this tumultuous year, REI will once again close its stores on Black Friday and pay its employees to spend time outside with friends and family as part of its annual #OptOutside campaign. A letter from CEO Eric Artz explains why.

No more reservations: Yosemite announced that it will eliminate its visitor reservation system, in place since June, on November 1. [Travel and Leisure]

Wearing face masks outside: Everything you need to know about using a face mask while exercising or recreating outdoors. [Outside Online]

Outdoor Foundation’s new leader: The philanthropic arm of Outdoor Industry Association has named Stephanie Maez its new managing director.

Vasque names new president: Bryce Wernsman, the former senior director of global marketing at Red Wing Shoe Company, has been tapped for the position.

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The industry steps up: REI, Patagonia, Outdoor Research, and others are donating time, technology, and thousands of units of PPE to help keep voters safe on election day

Petzl recall: The climbing company has issued an immediate recall of its Low-Stretch Kernmantle ropes.

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