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COVID-19  2021

Phase Three Partial Opening: Effective Monday, March 22, 2021 at 8 a.m.

The Board, K9 Committee, and staff of Historic Congressional Cemetery are engaged in on-going, thorough discussions to establish a safe and phased reopening of the Cemetery for staff, K9 Corps members, and other visitors. Restrictions and rule changes will apply, so please read this carefully.

We acknowledge the multiple constituencies in the HCC community and want to assure you that we are making every effort to broaden access prudently. Above all, we remind K9 Corps members that the health and safety of our entire community are the highest priorities, and we ask that members be patient with one another and staff as the Cemetery figures out the best way to operate in a COVID-19 world. While the cemetery is open, that does not mean the virus has disappeared, so we will strictly operate under the DC Department of Health’s Guidance for Parks and Open Spaces.

Masks are mandatory, and the rules outlined below are still in effect. Thank you for doing your part in social distancing.

The Cemetery will be open daily from Dawn to Dusk.

The Cemetery will be closed:
— for funerals
— to dogs Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for family grave site visits
— to wheeled devices
Text ‘DOG’ to 97063 for closure notifications.

Rules for Visiting:
Maintain social distancing with the gate checkers and have your dog on leash at the gate area. Please be courteous to them and understand that they have been instructed to verify the membership of all individuals entering the Cemetery.

Gate checkers will ask for names and tag numbers every day.

Please visit only with immediate household and maintain social distancing from others not in your household.

For those with children, please ensure that they remain close to you and to respect social distancing restrictions with other visitors. Do not allow them to run around, climb on or in any way risk damage to headstones. Any violations may lead the Cemetery restricting access, so we ask you to be vigilant not only for yourself but for all visitors with children.

NOTE new permanent rule: The use or entry of wheeled devices, including but not limited to bikes, scooters (motorized or non-motorized), or self-balancing personal transporters, are strictly prohibited in the Cemetery. Individuals who have medical limitations and/or child/baby carriers are exempt from this prohibition.

Masks are mandatory when passing in and out of the main gate and we are following the Guidelines of the Government of the District of Columbia which state “people must still wear face coverings in public, practice social distancing, and practice good hygiene.”

Cemetery Office: The HCC administrative office is closed to walk-in traffic. Families and clients can contact us by phone at 202-543-0539 or can email staff@congressionalcemetery.org to make an appointment.

Site Sales: Our staff is available, by appointment, to assist families with the purchase of burial space.

Burial Services: We are providing limited burial services at this time. We will allow family to place urns or animal cremains at the burial themselves.

Facilities: We are allowing limited use of the chapel and other spaces at HCC for memorial services or other commemorations with limited attendance.

Public Programs: Docent-led tours will resume in April for ten people or less on Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at 1 p.m. Advanced registration is required. Check the calendar for other upcoming activities and volunteer opportunities.

The HCC team will continue to update social media with announcements about any further changes to our daily operations.

"Dogs are not our whole life,
but they make our life whole."

~Roger Caras

The K9 Corps at the Historic Congressional Cemetery

The K9 Corps at Historic Congressional Cemetery is private dogwalking program, bringing life, community, and volunteerism to this extraordinary burial ground. Dogwalking at the cemetery is permitted by membership only. Membership is annual and runs from March 1st through the last day of February the following year.

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Note that due to high demand, the waitlist in 2021 is currently 4-5 years

Questions about the waitlist?
Please visit our FAQ page.