Andersonville National Historic Site modifying operations to implement local health guidelines
From: National Park Service
Andersonville, Georgia – Andersonville National Historic Site, in response to Executive Order 03.23.20.01 issued by the Governor of the State of Georgia, is announcing additional modifications to operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
As of March 24, 2020, Andersonville National Historic Site will offer limited services outside those that support visitor or resource protection. At Andersonville National Historic Site, the following services and operations will be suspended in order to comply with the state order:
- The National Prisoner of War Museum and the historic site of Camp Sumter military prison will be closed to public access.
- The park will not operate or provide public restrooms.
- No visitor information services, programs, or events will be offered or conducted.
- No committal services or rendering of military honors will be permitted in Andersonville National Cemetery. No more than ten (10) immediate family members may be present to witness burials. The family may request to conduct a proper committal service when conditions permit.
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Andersonville National Historic Site is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor COVID-19. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website (https://www.nps.gov/ande/index.htm) and social media channels (http://facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS and http://www.twitter.com/andeNHS).
Andersonville National Cemetery remains accessible to the public from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance. Burial services for eligible veterans and family members continue to be offered.
The NPS encourages people who choose to visit Andersonville National Historic Site during this pandemic to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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 safe and healthy.
The NPS encourages people to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Andersonville National Historic Site, including:
- A virtual tour of Andersonville National Historic Site, conducted by one of our park rangers in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting, available at https://www.gpb.org/education/virtual/andersonville
- An audio tour of the national cemetery available on our website (near the bottom of the page) at https://www.nps.gov/ande/learn/photosmultimedia/multimedia.htm
- Videos about the park, its history, and American prisoners of war available on our website (https://www.nps.gov/ande/learn/photosmultimedia/multimedia.htm) (https://www.nps.gov/ande/learn/photosmultimedia/story-in-stone.htm) and on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2IJCqxeKsKMlxDH5dfYMhA)
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