COVID-19 Safety Operations

As this situation continues to evolve, please check back for updates.

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In response to the health concerns posed by the coronavirus COVID-19, the Green Bank Observatory will postpone several public programs and events and reduce the visitor programs on site. Programs and events affected have been removed from our Events calendar and notifications have been added to specific program and event web pages.

Update: Friday, May 22, 2020

In response to the health concerns posed by the Coronavirus COVID-19, the Green Bank Observatory is suspending all public programs and events. We are creating new visitor safety protocols and hope to be open to the public by July.

No facilities will be open Memorial Day weekend.

The Science Center, café, and gift shop remain closed to visitors. 

No new reservations for educational programs will be taken for summer 2020.

Self-guided walking tours of the grounds are encouraged. Maps are available in the outside kiosk at the Green Bank Science Center, or download and print here.

Please note that all operations and observations with active telescopes will continue on site. Prohibitions on the use of digital cameras, cellphones, fitness tracking devices or any device utilizing blue-tooth technology are still in effect. Please leave those devices in your cars or at home when you visit.

More information on radio frequency interference is available here.


Public programs and events postponed or cancelled include:

  • Space Race Rumpus (postponed to October)
  • StarQuest
  • All tours
  • Star Labs
  • Family Science Labs
  • Star Parties
  • All meetings, trainings, and workshops

Educational groups scheduled for visits and programs that may be affected by this will be contacted directly. If you have a group scheduled for an educational program, and you have health or other concerns, please contact our Education staff directly at reservations@gbobservatory.org.

Please see NRAO’s website for the latest information on how their operations are being modified to meet the health concerns of COVID-19.