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Operational Changes in Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Colonial Williamsburg is temporarily closed to limit health risks associated with COVID-19. Based on careful review of government plans, and in consultation with local leaders, we have decided to reopen Colonial Williamsburg to the public on a limited scale only after Virginia reaches Phase 2, the timing and details of which have not been determined. 

Closed sites are:

  • Historic Area interpretive sites and programs
  • The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
  • Williamsburg Inn
  • The Woodlands Hotel & Suites
  • Most restaurants and most other food and beverage locations
  • The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg
  • The Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center
  • The John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library
  • The Custis Square archaeological site
  • Bassett Hall

Mr. Jefferson’s Palace Garden Party, originally scheduled for May 1, has been rescheduled to October 2. The foundation has also postponed the Community Celebration for the expanded and renovated Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, originally scheduled for May 9 and 10, to a future date.

Good Neighbor Passholders, Annual Passholders, Virginia Resident Passholders and Art Museums Members who have Passes/Memberships that were valid during the closure period, will have their Passes/Memberships expiration date extended to compensate for the length of the closure. Once we re-open, please visit any ticketing location to have your pass/membership reissued with the new extended valid date.

A limited number of Colonial Houses remain open as does the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, open-air tennis facilities and The Cupboard grab-and-go food and beverage shop. The Williamsburg Lodge’s Sweet Tea & Barley will continue curbside pickup, offering a limited menu and daily specials. The Lodge kitchen also continues as a hub for the foundation’s food donation initiative, which has been extended through May to provide approximately 2,000 meals per week to the food insecure living in Greater Williamsburg. Additionally, and in partnership with the City of Williamsburg, the Governor’s Inn continues as a community emergency housing resource.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square remains open with individual shops and restaurants operating at their discretion and based on state directives.

Resumption of operations is dependent upon reduced health risk and further guidance from government and public health officials. Colonial Williamsburg continues to work closely with government agencies, healthcare and private-sector organizations, William & Mary and others, and has aligned plans and responses with those of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Virginia Department of Health and other agencies.

Additional information on COVID-19, including additional preventative measures is available from the Virginia Department of Health at vdh.virginia.gov and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov.

Click here to read the most recent press release for more information.

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