Sunday, December 3, 2023

Colonial Williamsburg closes public sites in response to coronavirus

The Governor's Palace at Colonial Williamsburg. (WYDaily/File photo)
The Governor’s Palace at Colonial Williamsburg. (WYDaily/File photo)

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Colonial Williamsburg will shut down its public sites, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation officials said Saturday.

Starting Monday and continuing through March 30, the following locations will be closed:

  • Historic Area interpretive sites and programs
  • The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
  • Taverns and other Historic Area food and beverage locations
  • The Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center
  • The John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library
  • Bassett Hall
  • The Custis Square archaeological site

Over the weekend of March 14, Colonial Williamsburg has also canceled weekend programs including carriage rides, the Musket Range, evening programs and Fifes and Drum performances.

Any previously scheduled foundation-led meetings and conferences have been canceled through April 21. This includes Colonial Williamsburg’s annual Garden Symposium, which was originally scheduled to begin on April 17.

Colonial Williamsburg’s hotels and the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club will remain open in addition to all hospitality-site retail and restaurants.

Merchant’s Square will also remain open and allow individual businesses to operate at their own discretion.

While the organization plans to reopen public facilities on March 30, the date could change depending on if there is a reduced health risk. The foundation plans to monitor public health guidance and work with localities, health care organization and William & Mary to prepare an aligned plan and response in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health.

For more information on closings, visit Colonial Williamsburg online.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

Related Articles