Folks itching to explore Fort Knox won't have to wait much longer.

Fort Knox in Prospect will open for the season Friday, May 8. While the gates to the fort and restrooms will be open to the public, the Penobscot Narrows Observatory, gift shop, and visitor education center will not. A tentative opening date is June 1, but subject to change.

Last week, Maine Department of Transportation officials said the Penobscot Narrows Observatory will remain closed until further notice. A virtual tour is available online.

The Fort Knox website asks visitors to not visit if feeling ill, wash their hands frequently, practice social distancing, and avoid touching signs, kiosks, buildings and benches to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. In addition, groups of 10 of more people are prohibited.