Temporary Facilities Closure Advisory

National Mall and Memorial Parks, in response to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Public Health Service, and D.C. Health, is modifying park operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Very limited services outside those that support visitor or resource protection are being offered. Updates will be posted to the park's Twitter account (@NationalMallNPS) and Facebook page (@NationalMallNPS).

In order to comply with local and state health authorities, changes in operations and services have occurred at the following sites and offices:

  • These sites are closed until further notice:
  • Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument·
  • Ford's Theatre National Historic Site
  • Old Post Office Tower Tour
  • Personal visitor services, such as ranger programs, are cancelled and information kiosks and visitor contact stations are closed.
  • All athletic fields and volleyball courts are closed to organized athletic leagues including volleyball, softball, football, rugby and other organized team sports. The 2020 softball lottery and athletic season is postponed until further notice.
  • The following concessions operations across the National Mall are closed until further notice, including:
  • East Potomac Tennis Center - interior courts
  • Guest Services food and beverage kiosks located at Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Constitution Gardens, and on the Mall at the National Museum of Natural History and the Carousel (near the Smithsonian Castle)
  • East Potomac Golf Course clubhouse (including restrooms)
  • Tidal Basin Paddle Boats
The following services and facilites have reopened:

  • America's National Parks retail stores are open at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument
  • Big Bus sightseeing tours are operating Thursday-Sunday only
  • East Potomac Tennis Center - exterior courts only
  • East Potomac Golf Course and driving range
  • East Potomac Golf Course grill and pro shop - exterior service only
  • Guest Services food and souvenir kiosks on the north and south side of the Lincoln Memorial, and on the National Mall in front of the National Air & Space Museum and the National Museum of American History open Wednesday-Sunday.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at National Mall and Memorial Parks is our number one priority. The National Park Service is working with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Notifications of the resumption of full operations and provide updates on our website (Alerts and Current Conditions) and social media channels.

All other outdoor memorials and spaces at National Mall and Memorial Parks not listed above remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance. United States Park Police remains on duty protecting the parks, and normal rules and regulations continue to apply. Staff continue to provide limited trash and restroom services.

If contemplating a visit to a national park during this pandemic, the National Park Service asks visitors to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safer and healthier. The NPS encourages people to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore National Mall and Memorial Parks, including the park multimedia websites, and those of our partners, the
Trust for the National Mall, Ford’s Theatre Society, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Last updated: December 28, 2020

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