Virgin Islands National Park Is Modifying Operations To Implement Local Health Guidance

 St John, US Virgin Islands (August 14, 2020) – VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK is announcing additional modifications to operations to support federal, territory, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

On August 13th, 2020, USVI Governor Bryan ordered all non-essential businesses to cease in-person operations until August 31st. Hotels, villas and similar business are not to accept guests and reservations for 30 days. Bars are ordered closed and restaurants are allowed to provide take out service only.

As of August 17th, Virgin Islands National Park will continue offering very limited services outside those that support visitor or resource protection. The following services and operations are being modified in order to comply with the Territory order, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  and NPS guidance:

* The Cruz Bay Visitor Center is closed. Information and services will not be available. 
* The park dock and bulkhead at the Cruz Bay Visitor Center is closed to commercial activity.  
* No more than two individuals may occupy a dinghy when travelling to or from the NPS dock. 
* All restrooms and porta johns in the park are closed. 
* Guided hikes and other on-site public or educational programs are cancelled.  
* Food service and watersports rentals at Trunk Bay will not be available.  
* The park will not issue special visitor use or business permits.  
* All Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) permits are suspended, except for those services deemed essential by the Territory.” 
* Trash will not be collected. When visiting the park bring garbage bags so you can take your trash with you. Pack it in, pack it out! 
* Trash receptacles will not be available for boater trash. Boaters must make other arrangements for trash disposal. Do not leave trash on shore. 
* The pavilions at Trunk, Maho, and Hawksnest Bays are closed, as are changing rooms and showers. 
* The park will not operate or provide restrooms, maintain roads or walkways. 
* On weekends and holidays, beginning August 22nd, park beaches are open from 6:00 am until noon, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.  


Outdoor spaces, including park trails, beaches (subject to weekend restrictions), and waters remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance. Moorings remain open; fees may be placed in the ‘iron ranger’ canisters at park bays or next to the flagpole at the Cruz Bay Visitor Center.

The waters of Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument remain open. Law enforcement staff will remain on duty and may be reached at 1-866-995-8467.

At beaches, BBQs and parties are not permitted. While visiting beaches, visitors must maintain social distancing and avoid crowding.

The NPS encourages people who choose to visit Virgin Islands National Park during this pandemic to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and territory 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 health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Virgin Island National Park, our operational approach continues to be centered on examining each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public areas and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.

A safe and enjoyable park experience begins at home. The NPS encourages visitors to plan their visit by checking the park’s website and social media for current conditions and travel tips. The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We ask the public to be our partner in recreating responsibly, by following CDC and state and local guidance, social distancing, and wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained.

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website (www.nps.gov/viis) and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.