Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Parts of Colonial Parkway closed in response to coronavirus pandemic

The Colonial National Historical Park is changing its operations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

In accordance with area localities and the Virginia Department of Health, the Colonial National Historical parks is offering limited services and suspending various operations.

Starting Tuesday, the Colonial Parkway will be closed to vehicle traffic from Highway 199, west of Colonial Williamsburg, to Jamestown Island. Pedestrians and bicyclists will still be allowed to use this 8.6-mile segment of the parkway but are discouraged from congregating on the small beaches.

The visitors centers at Jamestown Island, Yorktown Battlefield, the Battlefield parking lot, Church Street Parking lot, the adjacent beach picnic area and the beaches under the Coleman Bridge will remain closed.

There will also be no restrooms available at the park.

Remaining grounds at the Colonial National Historical Park are to remain open with the proper social distancing and health standards followed.

In the meantime, the park is working with federal, state and local authorities to monitor the coronavirus pandemic and will notify the public when full operations are resumed.

“The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Colonial National Historical Park is our number one priority,” officials said in a news release.

For more information, visit the Colonial National Historical Park 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

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