There is a new reality in Bowman and Slope counties.
Schools are closed and may remain that way for quite a while.
Some businesses have changed their hours or how they serve their customers.
Some businesses are closed until the threat of COVID-19 lessens.
The Bowman Regional Library, the Bowman Park and Recreation Center and the Pioneer Trails Regional Museum are closed.
Bowman County and the city offices are restricting access, and setting up appointments.
The banks in Bowman have closed their lobbies and are now working with customers by appointment only or using drive-thru windows.
For the Dollar General store in Bowman, hours have changed. They have even set up the first hour each day (8 a.m. to 9 a.m.) for seniors and the elderly to come in and do their shopping. In addition, they have also shortened their work day, closing at 9 p.m.
A sign on the door of the store declares that “senior citizens and those at-risk will have priority shopping the first open hour.”
It also states that there will be a suggested limit of three items for paper products, hand sanitizers and wipes.”
The nearby Bronson’s Marketplace also has made changes. Single pastries are no longer for sale in the store.
The market explained some of the changes in a sign near the entrance.
“If you have a fever, cough or sore throat, please use our online grocery shopping service,” the sign requested. “We will pick your grocery list and deliver it to your car. It (www.bronsonsmarketplace.com) is very easy to use.”
The sign also explained that the first two hours of each day will devoted to seniors shopping. “We are encouraging senior citizens to shop in the cleanest and healthiest environment we can offer. Our staff will be there to help in any way needed.”
In addition, the store requested that customers keep a distance of six feet from staff, clerks and other customers in the store.
The store sign also requested customers only purchase necessary items and quantities so that all people can find the products they need to support their health and the health of their families.
In addition, the store posted a message on the internet. “We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus pandemic and acting as quickly as possible to keep product on our shelves and serving you to the best of our ability.”
According to a Facebook posting, Bowman drug will not be allowing customers into the building.
“We can deliver your prescriptions or over the counter items through mail (no postage charge during this time), home delivery, or curb side assistance. We will also be trying to avoid cash or check transactions if at all possible! Using a card (numbers work! No need to swipe) or a charge account will be the best route of pay at this time! If you come to the drug store we can meet you at the entry way or outside by your car,” stated the post.
Bowman Drug wants customers to call in advance to get their order ready. “Thank you for understanding and your cooperation! Feel free to give us a call with any questions/concerns or orders at 701-523-3233.”
At some gas stations and convenience stores, there has been changes in how food is handled. Some places no longer have an active roller grill for hot dogs or sausages and have restricted the food to pre-wrapped items.
The recent drop in gasoline prices may be welcomed by customers, but it comes at a time when many are reducing the amount of driving and spending more time at home.
In the ProPoint Cooperative stores in Bowman County, the stations will remain open, but with some changes. One of the biggest changes is not allowing travel mugs to be filled.
In Bowman, the hours will change to 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Mondays through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the station on First Street. Hot Stuff will be open for take out from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 701-523-3268.
In Rhame, the hours at the C-Store will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.
Next Door Pizza
Next Door Pizza has announced they are doing take-out and delivery only at the Bowman location and carry-out only at Scranton.
“Both dining rooms will be closed,” the restaurant posted on Facebook March 16. “Bowman patrons will be able to use the pick-up window and take full advantage of our delivery system. Scranton will go to carry-out only, but we’ll be considering putting a driver over there to help our customer base if needed.
“I feel this is the best move to make at this time to do our part to keep the spreading potential to a minimum. My businesses will do everything we can to keep all employees fully staffed. This gets to be very tight in these unknown times. We again ask for your support,” the Facebook post added.
“Our delivery area has been expanded and we would love to see your calving barns or tractors/trucks anytime we can meet you with a meal,” the post concluded.
Windy’s made an announcement on Facebook of some of their changes and attempts to protect staff and customers during the COVID-19 crisis.
“We offer delivery and takeout. We also offer curbside delivery. If you would like to order without having to come into our restaurant, please let our staff know what you are driving and when you will be arriving,” the post said. “We will gladly bring your food out to you.”
The post also gave the phone number people can use to order (701-523-5753).
In addition, the Windy’s owners explained that they will also be implementing a more rigorous and scheduled cleaning routine for the crew during business hours to thoroughly disinfect all surfaces and bathrooms.
“This will be very damaging to our business and our ability to make ends meet. We ask for and are encouraged by your continued support. (We’ll) try not to exceed the 10-person limit recommended by our president and his coronavirus team and do our part in encouraging social distancing so that we can get back to normal as soon as possible,” the post added.
Bingo at the restaurant has been canceled, the post also said.
The restaurant has new hours, 11a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday thru Saturday.
The Bowman Lodge and Convention Center also announced some changes due to the pandemic on Facebook.
“We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our visitors and employees,” the Facebook post explained. “In our business of hospitality, cleanliness and sanitation is always a priority.,
All areas of our facility – hotel, gym, restaurant and breakfast areas – will be implementing extra precautionary measures.
“Our hotel and restaurant will be offering individually wrapped plastic ware and condiments.”
In addition, the staff will be wearing gloves when handling linens and will often sanitize doors, phones remotes, keys and other items handled by customers, the Facebook post explained.
Eats N Treats
The dining room at the restaurant on Highway 12 is closed, but they do offer picking up orders at their drive-up window.
Customers can order by calling 701-523-3162.
Grazer’s Burgers and Beers
The main dining room is closed, but the restaurant is offering pick-up service for meals at the location by Bowman Lodge and Convention Center along Highway 12.
“As per our Governor’s mandate, Grazer’s will be closed to dine in guests. We will remain open for Take out/Curbside from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.,” according to a Facebook post made March 19.
Silver Dollar Bar and Grill
The Silver Dollar Bar & Grill has decided to suspend both its Salad Bar and its Thursday night Bingo until further notice.
“We will still have daily lunch specials and soup but will encourage our patrons to utilize our carry out option. Watch our postings to stay updated and stay healthy everyone,” the owners posted on Facebook.
In addition, the business is planning to open a drive-up window in the near future. But, because of the construction work being done for the window, the kitchen is closed. The business is still open for off sale, snacks, sodas and tobacco.
For more information, call 701-523-5000.