THC Public Health Update

Updated May 28, 2020

Texas Historical Commission (THC) State Historic Sites began reopening for day-use only Friday, May 1.  

Anyone traveling to a THC State Historic Site should follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) public health recommendations and adhere to strict social distancing and cleanliness standards while in public spaces.  

The Austin offices of the THC and Friends of the Texas Historical Commission remain closed to the public until further notice. Most employees are working from home, and our normal workflow continues. If you need to contact our staff, call 512-463-6100, email thc@thc.texas.gov, or visit our staff directory

Health and Safety at THC State Historic Sites 

We are working to keep your family healthy and safe during your visit to our state historic sites. 

Please stay tuned to this page as we receive new information from health authorities. For operations of operation, please check the state historic site’s webpage.  

Please talk to site staff if you have any safety concerns. 

Operations Update 

Select state historic sites have reopened with limited capacity, with some closed due to construction and other improvement projects. Please check our historic sites page before you visit for the latest information.  

When you visit a site, you will notice some changes. 

  • We have increased our cleaning efforts. 
  • Select historic sites, visitors centers, museum stores, and picnic sites are now open. Our historic sites and visitors centers will only allow 25 percent capacity.  
  • In-person programs, events, and facility rentals have been limited as we continue to practice safe social distancing.
  • Our sites are currently not open for overnight stays. 

Health & Safety Guidelines 

Please help everyone stay healthy by following these temporary guidelines during your visit: 

  • Maintain at least a six-foot distance from anyone not in your household group. 
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged when entering buildings to protect staff and other visitors.
  • As we’re practicing safe social distancing, individuals or household groups of five or less will be admitted. 

FAQs 

Planning ahead 

  • What should I do to stay safe when I visit? You will be sharing some spaces with other visitors, including restrooms and trails. Follow CDC guidelines for keeping you, your family, and other site visitors healthy. Face coverings are strongly encouraged when entering buildings to protect staff and other visitors. Maintain at least a six-foot distance from anyone not in your household.  
  • How often do you clean the sites? We clean and disinfect restrooms frequently. We also wipe down hard surfaces and other commonly touched items in both public and staff areas with a disinfectant. We will try to provide hand soap or hand sanitizers in all bathrooms, but please bring your own as some sites have limited access to resupplies at this time. 
  • My group is gathering at a THC state historic site. Can we still come? No more than five people (except for families or people living in the same household) can be together under current sites guidelines. Visiting groups should be composed only of same-household members. Exercise strict social distancing at all times between yourself and anyone who is not a member of your household.  

Reservations 

  • How do I make a reservation? Select sites are requiring pre-paid reservations over the phone. If you are interested in making a pre-paid reservation to visit one of our historic sites, please contact the site directly. You will be asked health screening questions about you and your party before your reservation is made. 
  • What if I want to cancel my reservation? If you need to cancel your pre-paid reservation to tour our state historic sites, please contact the site directly. 

Texas History at Home

As families are creating new routines and learning how to educate students from home, we are providing free instructive resources about Texas history, preservation, and heritage tourism.

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