TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation is postponing the planned reopening of its cultural tourism sites, originally slated to begin mid-July.

In coordination with the tribe’s phased reopening plans and the recently announced delay of phase three, all tribal museums, welcome centers, retail operations and the Cherokee Heritage Center will begin to reopen in August.

“We remain committed to the health and welfare of our employees, guests and the communities we serve,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “These are unprecedented times and we must continue to strategically adapt our plans as conditions warrant. We look forward to safely reopening these sites in the near future.”

Once reopened, each site will implement safety procedures, including physical distancing, limited occupancy, enhanced cleaning and sanitization, and required use of face masks by all. Hours of operation will vary by location and can be found by visiting www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.

Cherokee Nation Gift Shops will resume online operations as planned, beginning Monday, July 13.