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Update on Closings and other Announcements – March 16, 2020

Mar 16, 2020

The Illinois primary will still be held on Tuesday, March 17. But many other events and activities have been postponed or canceled in the tri states as the region tries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Listed updated Monday, March 16 at 2:33 p.m.

Argyle Lake State Park: The park and all other Illinois Department of Natural Resources state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas, and historic sites are closed. All upcoming scheduled events are canceled. A complete listing of state sites can be found here and here.

Beardstown: Tuesday evening’s city council meeting is canceled.

Buchanan Center for the Arts: Closed until further notice. All classes and events are canceled.

Burlington Bel Canto Chorale: The spring concert has been cancelled.

Burlington Public Library: All library sponsored events, classes, and outreach postponed until further notice.

Carl Sandburg Days Festival: This year’s event is canceled.

Dickson Mounds Museum and other Illinois state museums: All locations will remain closed until further notice. 

Fort Madison Public Library: Closed through March 28.

Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce:  All upcoming events postponed until further notice.

Galesburg Civic Art Center: Classes and events are suspended for now. The gallery is open Tuesday-Friday 10:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:30 a.m-3:00 p.m.

Galesburg Public Library: Closed beginning March 17 until further notice.

Illinois: Governor J.B. Pritzker ordered all school districts closed from March 17 through March 30.  He also ordered all restaurants and bars to be closed during that same time period. 

Iowa: The legislative session is suspended for at least 30 days.  Governor Kim Reynolds is recommending all schools close for four weeks.

Iowa Department of Corrections: Visiting has been canceled at all state prisons until further notice.

Knox Galesburg Symphony:  The March 28th concert, American Women, has been postponed.

Lee County: Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting has been moved to the County Building.

Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce: The office will not be open to walk-ins through March 31. The Chamber is still available via phone and e-mail between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Macomb Arts Center: Two upcoming events have been postponed:

  • The artist reception for the exhibit “Land & Light III: Iowa Plein Air Painters” been rescheduled to 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17.
  • “When Soul Meets Country” has been postponed to a date to be determined.

The MAC’s gallery will remain open from Noon to 3:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Saturdays.

Macomb City Township: The March 16 meeting is postponed and rescheduled for March 30.

Macomb Park District: All group programs, classes, activities, and events are suspended until further notice. The main office is restricted to park district staff. Parks will remain open but restrooms will be closed until further notice.

McDonough County Sheriff’s Department: No jail visitations until April 4. All volunteer-managed programs are canceled until further notice. If possible, call the department (309-833-2323) rather than coming to the office.

McDonough District Hospital:  Is implementing new vistor restrictions immediately.  For information on restrictions please click HERE.

Missouri: Governor Mike Parson is strongly encouraging the cancellation or suspension of public events with more than 50 people.

Monmouth College: All classes canceled this week. All campus events, meetings, and athletic practices are canceled effective immediately and until further notice. The college will move exclusively to remote learning on March 23.

Nauvoo Historic Sites: Tours and activities have been temporarily halted at the 19th century historical sites in Nauvoo owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This also includes the Historic Carthage Jail in Carthage.  

Prairie Players Civic Theatre: Closed until April 11.

Qunicy Symphony Orchestra Association: The Young People Concerts scheduled for March 22nd have been canceled.  The following events have been postponed: Youth Orchestra Concert & the Season Finale Concert.  Date for both are TBD.

Regional Office of Education 26 (based in Macomb): The office is suspending face-to-face services:

  • The Pearson Testing Center (GED Tests) at our Canton ROE26 office will be closed from March 16 through April 3.
  • Our Paraprofessional License Testing at our Macomb AND Canton ROE26 offices will be suspended from March 16 through April 3.
  • All Professional Development workshops held in our Macomb office will be canceled through April 3. We will be working to reschedule these as soon as possible.
  • Our fingerprinting services will be suspended until April 3.
  • Our Bus Driver Training classes will be rescheduled after April 3.
  • Licensure consultations only will be held via phone through April 3; you can reach our Licensure Specialist at 309-518-4017.
  • Our Early Beginnings Program will suspend all home visits & group visits, but will be available via phone.
  • Our ROYALS Program will be following the Governor’s mandate to close through March 30.
  • Our Preschool for All Program will be suspended till further notice.

Spoon River College: This week’s open house at the Macomb campus is canceled.

Western Illinois University:  The University has created a Canceled & Postponed Events Site, which can be found here.