WILLIAMSBURG-Following Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s lifting of nearly all covid-19 restrictions on May 28, including the need for social distancing, Colonial Williamsburg has also announced changes to its protocols.
Colonial Williamsburg will begin to reopen all of its sites, return to normal group sizes, and restore its full roster of programs and hospitality offerings as part of the process.
On May 14, the governor lifted the face mask mandate for vaccinated individuals both indoors and out. Two weeks later, the state has now also lifted the social distancing requirement and group gathering restrictions.
Colonial Williamsburg will follow suit, ending its face covering requirement for vaccinated people indoors and outside. Guests, however, will still need to wear masks on Colonial Williamsburg buses, as the state still requires masks on public transportation.
Any Colonial Williamsburg employee who wishes to continue wearing a mask may continue doing so if their job requirements allow it. Guests who are not fully vaccinated must still wear masks indoors and are encouraged to do so outdoors.
“These policy changes by our state leaders are a very positive development for Colonial Williamsburg, our guests, and the Greater Williamsburg community,” said Cliff Fleet, president and CEO of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, in a statement. “With the lifting of these restrictions, we can begin to thoughtfully and systematically reopen the remainder of our public sites, expand service in our hospitality operations, and take other measures to meet the needs of our guests, donors, and the surrounding community.”
Colonial Williamsburg’s attractions will begin to reopen to the public and more programming will be added within the coming days. Sites that will soon reopen include the Gaol yard as well as numerous Historic Trades sites such as the Apothecary, Bindery, Cabinetmaker and Harpsichord maker, Foundry, Joinery, and Silversmith.
For a complete list of open sites and programming, click here.