COVID-19 Updates


​The National Archives and Records Administration is committed to the health and safety of our visitors and staff. We are closely monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19, and we are following CDC guidelines and working with public health officials and our counterpart agencies to monitor and respond to the evolving conditions. Follow the National Archives on Facebook (USNationalArchives) and on Twitter (@USNatArchives) for immediate updates.

National Archives staff continue to serve the public remotely by responding to emailed requests for records and History Hub inquiries. While we are closed, you can still explore our online research resources, exhibits, and educational resources and participate in our Citizen Archivist Missions.

Facilities Status

National Archives research rooms, including those at Presidential Libraries, are beginning to open by appointment only. Details are in this press release. Please check the specific facility page for updates.

Many of our museums have reopened with limited hours and timed tickets. Reopenings and continued operation rely on local public health metrics.

Museum hours


All public events in National Archives facilities nationwide are cancelled until further notice. This includes in-person public programs, tours, school group visits, public meetings, external conferences, and facility rentals. Where possible, we are hosting public events and outreach activities online and through virtual meetings.


We have sent the following memoranda to National Archives employees to describe plans and procedures for physically closing, and when possible as local conditions permit, reopening our facilities:

For additional communications to our workforce, including NARA Notices, Fact Sheets, and Social Distancing procedures, see the list in the FOIA area.

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requesters

We have adjusted our normal operations to balance the need of completing mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff. As a result, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

Notice to Veterans

The National Personnel Records Center is servicing only urgent requests related to homeless veterans, medical emergencies, and funerals.

  • If you have an urgent need for access to military service records, please fax your request to 314-801-0764. This is a dedicated line for emergencies only.
  • If your request is not urgent, please consider delaying it until we are past this national emergency. We thank you for your patience and look forward to resuming normal operations.

Document Reproduction and Digitization Suspended

The National Archives and Records Administration has suspended reproduction and digitization services until further notice due to COVID-19. Orders will not be serviced until operations can resume safely. We apologize for any inconvenience. Once operations resume, document reproduction requests will be filled in the order in which they were received.

COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan

NARA’s COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan documents our protocols to protect the safety of our staff and visitors. NARA's Workplace Safety Plan implements Executive Order 13991, Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing (January 20, 2021), and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum M-21-15, COVID-19 Safe Federal Workplace: Agency Model Safety Principles (January 24, 2021).

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) — for the latest official information from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House — for official Coronavirus (COVID-19) health information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established landing pages with the latest information from CDC and the overarching medical community on COVID-19. The pages are currently promoting information on how it spreads, symptoms, prevention and treatment, stigma and COVID-19, what to do if you are sick, and frequently asked questions.

What the U.S. Government Is Doing

GSA has created a landing page on for government-wide information related to COVID-19 activities.


Twitter: @CDCgov


Instagram: @CDCgov

National Archives Social Media

Twitter: @USNatArchives