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Historic Jamestowne set to reopen March 1

Jamestown Settlement (WYDaily/Courtesy of Jamestown Rediscovery)

Jamestown Rediscovery and the National Park Service at Colonial National Historical Park are reopening Historic Jamestowne to the public on Monday, Mar. 1.

The site and museum have been temporarily closed since Dec. 21 due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the region.

“The safety of visitors, staff, and volunteers remains our number one priority and we have been closely monitoring the state of the ongoing pandemic,” Jim Horn, Jamestown Rediscovery President said in a statement from a news release. “All of us very much look forward to safely welcoming visitors back to the site.”

For guests eager to visit the site, there are some operational changes to ensure public health and safety.

All public programs, including Jamestown Rediscovery archaeology, staff presentations, and living history performances, will take place outside and follow social distancing protocols.

The Memorial Church and the Archaearium museum will be open subject to a limited capacity of visitors allowed in the buildings at a time. The Dale House café will reopen on Friday, Mar. 5.

The Visitor Center, co-managed by the National Park Service (NPS) and Jamestown Rediscovery, will be open for retail and ticket purchases. Public restrooms will also be available, but Visitor Center exhibits and film will remain closed.

The NPS has also implemented a mask requirement for employees, visitors, partners and contractors. Masks are required in all indoor facilities operated by Jamestown Rediscovery and the National Park Service. Masks are also required in outdoor areas of the park where gathering may occur or when individuals cannot maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from other persons who are not in the individual’s household.

Social distancing of at least six feet or more is recommended throughout the visit, and hand-sanitizing stations will be available on site. Additional signage will alert visitors to safety protocols and changes in wayfinding.

Entrance tickets will be $25 for adults. Children 15 and under are free. Tickets are valid for seven consecutive days and include access to all NPS and Jamestown Rediscovery fee areas at Historic Jamestowne, all public tours and programs, and the Yorktown Battlefield.

National Park Passes and Preservation Virginia memberships are accepted; however additional fees may apply. Tickets will be available online for purchase beginning Friday, Feb. 26. Contactless payment will be available on-site. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance at historicjamestowne.org/visit/tickets/.

“Following guidance from the Governor’s office, Virginia Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jamestown Rediscovery will continue to assess and make changes as needed to operations in order to maintain a safe guest experience and working environment,” according to the news release.

Guests are encouraged to visit historicjamestowne.org prior to their visit for the most up-to-date information.

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