Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities, we are increasing access and services in a phased approach across all units of the National Park System. Before visiting a park, please check the park website to determine its operating status. Updates about the overall NPS response to COVID-19, including safety information, are posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.
- Sick or symptomatic visitors are encouraged not to physically visit the Park and consider a virtual visit.
- Face masks are now required in all NPS buildings and facilities. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, overlooks and historic homes.
- There are no indoor restrooms available in the Park, port a potties are available with hand sanitizer only, for hand washing resources alternative arrangements must be made.
- Visitors are encouraged to bring in hand sanitizer.
- Visitors are encouraged to bring in bottled water.
During the summer season visitors should dress in light, comfortable clothing, wear comfortable shoes and use sunscreen. We recommended you carry a bottle of water with you. High temperatures and high humidity create higher risk of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Most of the Historic site is out-of-doors and although not a great distance from an air-conditioned building, staying properly hydrated will help prevent these illnesses. During the fall visitors should have a light jacket available as temperatures can drop suddenly. Winter temperatures can be unpredictable, ranging from mild to extremely cold. Use this link for a five day forecast of local conditions.
The settlers wrote that at Jamestown “the air is alive with a buzz.” The same can be said today. Visitors should be prepared for this onslaught by wearing appropriate clothing and/or insect repellant. Here are a few insects to be mindful of:
• Biting Deer Flies: mistakenly called “Mayflies.” These are most active in late Spring and can last throughout the summer.
• Chiggers: are small red mites. Chiggers live in grassy areas so be sure you stay on the approved paths/trails to reduce the chance of being infected.
• Mosquitoes: certain mosquitoes can be vectors of disease. Wearing repellant with DEET will reduce the chances of being bitten.
• Gnats: these tiny flying insects travel in swarms and can be very annoying.
• Ticks: there are several varieties of tick at Historic Jamestowne. Wearing insect repellant, tucking pants into socks, and inspecting for ticks after a visit is recommended.