Date: March 18, 2020
National Park Service News Release
Release Date: March 17, 2020
Contact: Tracy Fortmann, Superintendent
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance
[Vancouver, WA] – Fort Vancouver National Historic Site announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of March 17, 2020, public facilities including the Visitor Center, Pearson Air Museum, the reconstructed fort, and the Barclay House at the McLoughlin House Unit are closed until further notice. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, the grounds and trails of the park remain open, and we hope visitors enjoy springtime in the outdoors.
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Fort Vancouver is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels.
The NPS urges visitors to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.
For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.
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