As you have no doubt heard, a budget agreement was not made on December 21 and a partial Government shutdown is in place. The National Park Service is one of the agencies impacted by the shutdown.
Guidance was provided by the National Park Service before the shutdown went into effect and all volunteer duties are halted until the shutdown ends.
Volunteers are not allowed to serve in their volunteer capacity and the normal protections such as liability coverages are suspended. Note that the C&O Canal Association does NOT carry separate liability coverage for volunteer activity.
Volunteers will follow the same schedule as furloughed NPS employees and must follow the same restrictions as NPS employees. This includes not accessing closed federal buildings and not using any federal equipment or property, such as vehicles, computers or mobile phones, maintenance equipment or educational props.
Volunteers must not wear any NPS volunteer uniform or NPS volunteer logo item during this time.
During a shutdown, NPS staff will not be in communication with volunteers, and will not be able to check email or phone messages.
While I have not heard of any closure of part or all of the park, we are expected to observe all closure notices and not cross any barricades or area closed postings.
When the Government closure ends you can resume normal activities unless notified otherwise.
Thank you for your cooperation during this time.
Above – Lock 70, Level 63, November 13, 2018