We are continuing our special reports, "Erie" New Normal, looking at how the Erie region is changing because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Our focus today is on the U.S. Brig Niagara.

The iconic tall ship remains docked at the Erie Maritime Museum because of the pandemic.

Normally the brig would be conducting day sails or touring ports around the Great Lakes.

But not this year.

Worries about social distancing on a ship with a large crew and many visitors has put the sailing season "on hold."

A decision on whether any sailing is possible this year, is expected sometime in early July.

Fleet Captain and Flagship Niagara League Executive Director Billy Sabatini said, "So it all comes down to safety and making the right decision to ensure everybody's safety, not just us but also the people who would be coming to see us."

The smaller tall ship berthed at the Maritime Museum, the Lettie. G. Howard is expected to be sailing soon, but details have not yet been finalized.

Sabatini said, "Hopefully once we know it is safe we are going to be announcing a schedule for Lettie G. Howard. We have made the decision  we are going to sail her."