With few exceptions, tourist and historic sites in the region will open for the summer season on June 1, according to Searle Swedlund, executive director of Jamestown Tourism.

"The local agencies are working North Dakota Smart Restart guidelines with the visitor's safety in mind," he said.

Visitors to some locations won't see much difference in operations.

"The Frontier Village really has no common touchpoints," Swedlund said, referring to places visitors would repetitively come in contact with. "The vendors are taking their own precautions within their stores at the Frontier Village."

It is those touchpoints that are prompting the Stutsman County Memorial Museum to remain closed for the time being, said Alden Kollman, curator of the museum.

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"We just have too many touchable surfaces to keep disinfected," Kollman said. "We're not planning to reopen now. We'll revisit the decision in June for possible opening in July if the conditions have changed."

Kollman said the Front Porch Chats at the museum have been canceled for the summer.

"The demographics that attended those are the at-risk people in the pandemic," he said.

The National Buffalo Museum is reducing hours and recommending people make an appointment and pay in advance before visiting, said Ilana Xinos, executive director of the museum.

"The lobby is our bottleneck," she said, referring to the area at the front desk of the museum. "We'll try to schedule people and work them through as best we can."

Xinos said the National Buffalo Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. instead of the normal hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The museum staff is also considering closing off displays that encouraged people to touch items.

"We have a small staff and it would be tough to keep it sanitized," Xinos said. "Whatever is not working we'll change and adapt accordingly."

The State Historical Society of North Dakota is anticipated to announce its schedule for opening sites later this week. Historical Society sites in the area include the 1883 Stutsman County Courthouse in Jamestown and the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Historic Site near Cooperstown.

Swedlund said new attractions at sites in Jamestown should help draw visitors to the area.

"The 1883 courthouse is offering a new exhibition on citizenship," he said. "And there is new 'glamping' experience at Fort Seward."

Glamping is a hybrid word created by combining glamourous and camping. Dale Marks, president of the board at Fort Seward, said four tents have been added at the site that will offer visitors a chance to relive the frontier experience spending a night or two under the canvass of tents from the 1870 period.

The citizenship display at the 1883 courthouse presents information on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

"We're excited to bring people to see what is new in the community," Swedlund said. "The new offerings continue to enhance how people see our community."

Swedlund said some visitors are already coming to Jamestown and visiting Frontier Village.

"We are seeing traffic increase," he said, comparing the current number of cars seen at the village to numbers in March shortly after the start of the coronavirus pandemic. "We're just not seeing a lot of out-of-state plates."

Many of Jamestown's attractions have adequate space and commonly do not see large crowds of visitors at any one time, Swedlund said.

"People can navigate and maintain social distances in a way that is comfortable to them at most sites," he said. "... we can create an atmosphere where people can feel safe."

The Jamestown area tourist and historic sites are ready to begin the summer despite the additional regulations and procedures that have been prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

"Absolutely," said Xinos. "We are so looking forward to finally being open."