Colonial Virginia is back open for business!
If you've been missing the cobblestone streets and historic ships of the Historic Triangle, you're in luck. Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown have all announced reopening dates after their months of forced closure due to the Covid-19 virus.
Virginia began it's phased reopening on May 15, 2020. During Phase One, public gatherings were still severely limited. However, during Phase Two, historic sites have begun to reopen (with some restrictions in place).
Colonial Williamsburg: June 14
Williamsburg reopened to the public on June 14th and has updated safety and hygiene practices to keep visitors safe. Visitors will still be encouraged to social distance, wear masks, and wash their hands often. Like many businesses, Williamsburg has put up plexiglass partitions to provide an extra barrier between guests and staff. Any indoor programming is being adjusted based on capacity restrictions.
Jamestown Settlement & Revolution Museum at Yorktown: June 24
Jamestown and Yorktown announced their plan to reopen on June 24th after months of being closed. The two sites will begin enhanced cleaning protocols and adjust their operation practices to keep the environment safe. Masks will be required indoors and encouraged outdoors and different locations around the historic site will be operating with limited capacities, including their theater, living-history areas, and museum gallery.
Mount Vernon: June 21
George Washington's historic home says they will be open again on June 21st for the public (June 20th if you're a member). Because capacity is limited, you should buy your tickets early to guarantee entry. Currently, visitors cannot tour the mansion interior. However, this will change in the coming weeks as things begin to reopen in Virginia. Like other historic sites, Mount Vernon will be requiring masks to be worn indoors. They will also be requiring visitors to use clear plastic bags so the staff can safely conduct bag checks without cross-contamination.
Monticello: June 13
Thomas Jefferson's home in Charlottesville, Virginia reopened to the public on June 13th. They have redesigned the museum experience so guests can remain healthy and safe during their visit. Face coverings, clear plastic bags, and social distancing will be enforced during your visit. Like Mount Vernon, Monticello has reduced their capacity significantly. Purchase your tickets early to save your spot.
Most Virginia historic sites are reopening within the next few weeks, but we're still waiting to hear about Washington, D.C. museums. What museums are you most excited to visit when they reopen?
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