Effective 12 June 2020 Adams County, Pennsylvania has been moved into the Green Phase of reopening.  The National Park Service Visitor Center reopened on a reduced schedule two weeks later.  LBG’s continue operations subject to the provisions for reopening business.

  1. Social Distancing of 6-feet (2-metres) should be maintained at all times.
  2. The wearing of masks is continually evolving. Currently, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear the mask outdoors but MUST comply with individual building mandates.
  3. The Superintendent, GNMP has stated the exception to the above is that all should wear masks on Little Round Top, the 44th NY Monument, the Pennsylvania Monument, all Observation Towers and McMillan Woods. 
  4. Group size is still restricted to 75%

Traditional tours of having an LBG drive your vehicle have been resumed but not all LBG’s have agreed to do this.  Tours are also still conducted by “caravan” where the LBG will drive their own vehicle with the visitor following in their own.  Stops will be made where the party will dismount and the guide talks to the group.  The party will then return to their vehicles and proceed to the next stop. 

The following document has been produced for distribution to all visitors:


VISITOR INFORMATION FOR GETTYSBURG TOURS WITH LICENSED BATTLEFIELD GUIDES

WARNING: There is a risk that you will get COVID-19 or another illness during your tour. COVID-19 can cause death in some people, including but not limited to those over 60 or those with underlying health conditions. Following the below rules will help to reduce, but cannot eliminate, this risk.

  1. If you or anyone in your group has or has in the last 48 hours had, cough, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or is otherwise feeling at all ill, your group MUST NOT take the tour. If anyone in your group shows any sign of illness, your Guide has the discretion to refuse the tour.
  2. You should provide your Guide with the name, telephone number, and state of residence for at least one person in your group. This information will be used only in case someone becomes ill within a few days after the tour and health authorities require contact tracing. 
  3. Your Guide will wear a mask until fully vaccinated and everyone in your group is strongly encouraged to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose in restricted areas (detailed above). Should you opt for an in-car or “onboard” guide ALL occupants of the vehicle MUST wear a mask inside the car. Failure to do so may result in termination of tour and immediate return to the Visitor Center
  4. Whenever you are outside your vehicle, you SHOULD maintain a minimum distance of 6-feet (2 metres) from others including your Guide. Some stops may be a bit crowded, but it is important to maintain the required distance from those not sharing your car, and from your Guide at all times.
  5. DO NOT touch items on the field such as cannons, monuments, fences, railings, or any other surfaces that may have been touched by other visitors. Objects on the battlefield are not being disinfected.
  6. WASH your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water as soon as you can. Even if you use hand sanitizers while on the tour, you should still wash with soap and water whenever possible, as this is the preferred means of removing the virus. 
  7. If you become sick within 48 hours after the tour with any of the symptoms mentioned in the first bullet above, you MUST contact your Guide and report this fact immediately. Your Guide will provide contact information. 

 

GETTYSBURG VISITOR’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISKS

In consideration of the services of The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides®, their officers,  agents, and members, and/or all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereinafter collectively  referred to as “ALBG”) I agree as follows: 

Although ALBG has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and experienced,  skilled guides so I can enjoy an activity for which I may not be skilled, ALBG has informed me this activity is not  without risk. Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique  character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique  character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or  in extreme cases, permanent injury, trauma and/ or death. ALBG does not want to frighten me or reduce my  enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to be aware of and to  expect and to be informed of the inherent risks as reasonably as possible. Most programs will be conducted on  the grounds of the Gettysburg National Military Park (“GNMP”). The following describes some, but not all, of  those risks.

  • Tripping, slipping and/or falling on uneven, slippery and/or brush and/or leaf-covered terrain
  • Exposure to severe weather, including but not limited to: Excessive cold, heat and/or humidity, sun,  heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightening and/or high winds 
  • Exposure to stinging insects, poison ivy and/or poison oak 
  • Traffic on GNMP and public roadways adjacent and through GNMP, which may be heavy at times and  may include, but is not limited to: automobiles, buses, motorcycles, scooters, horses, horse-drawn  vehicles, Segways and bicycles 

I am aware that outdoors programs entail risks of injury, trauma and/or death to any participant. I  understand the description of these inherent risks is as complete as is reasonably possible, and that other unknown  or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury, trauma and/or death. I agree to assume and accept full  responsibility for the inherent risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified but may  also occur. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary; no one is forcing me to participate and I elect to  participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent risks. 

I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than  other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that the staff of ALBG [and the  Staff of the Gettysburg National Military Park who are publicly available to all Visitors for information at no  charge] has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the  inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity. 

I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume and accept full  responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death or  loss of personal property [including but not limited to automobiles, other vehicles, pets, etc.] and expenses as a  result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent risks and dangers not specifically  identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this activity. 

I have carefully read, clearly understood and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and  acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon myself, my heirs, assigns, personal  representative and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.

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