Gettysburg National Military Park began improving access and services on June 12, following guidance from the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local health authorities. The decision was made in response to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's move to Phase Green for Adams County, which will include operations with licensed battlefield commanders, commercial operators and special park uses.
Public gatherings will be limited to fewer than 250 people, with an emphasis on social distancing. Licensed battlefield guides, permits, and special park uses also comply with state reopening and public health guidelines. In order to provide informal interpreting services, Park Rangers will visit different areas of the battlefield from time to time.
Public toilets will be reopened across the battlefield, and portable toilets will also be reopened across the battlefield at 10 at McMillan Woods Campground, 1 at Weikert Farm, 6 at Park Amphitheater, 1 at Slyder Farm and 2 Big Round Top parking lot, the 2 on Wheatfield Road near Little Round Top, the 2 at the PA Monument, the 2 at the South End Comfort Station, the 2 at the West End Guide Station, and the 1 at the National Cemetery Comfort Station.
The museum and visitor center will remain closed to develop operational plans that comply with public health guidelines, as well as operational and technical controls. Further plans and a reopening date will be announced shortly.
Interpretation programs with Park Rangers are not offered, but formal, scheduled programs that can accommodate gatherings of less than 250 people may be offered in the future.
Gettysburg's NMP site, streets, paths and parking lots remain open to the public. Park gates are opened and closed at their normal times. The Eisenhower home and reception center remains closed. In addition, there are no public parking spaces available at the Eisenhower NHS. The David Wills House, the observation towers, and the observation deck of the Pennsylvania Memorial will also remain closed.
The 157th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is carried out through a series of free virtual guided walking tours and discussions that discuss, research and reflect on the history. Further details will be announced shortly.
Parking details and updates will continue to be posted online at https://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm, in addition to their social media channels. Updates to NPS operations are posted at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.