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Closings and Cancellations – Updated March 15, 2020

Courtesy of the CDC

Schools, arts centers, and other places are closing their doors in an effort to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.  Here is our latest list of cancellations and other announcements, updated Sunday afternoon, March 15:

All school districts in Illinois: As per the governor’s office, all school districts in Illinois will be closed March 17-30.  Some districts will also be closed Monday, March 16; they include Carthage Elementary, Dallas City Elementary, Galesburg, Illini West, LaHarpe, Macomb, Nauvoo Colusa, Southeastern, West Central, and West Prairie.

The Monmouth-Roseville School District will follow an 11:30 a.m. dismissal schedule on Monday, March 16: the Monmouth and Roseville Pre-K classes will dismiss at 10:50 and there will be no afternoon Pre-K in Monmouth; the junior high will dismiss classes at 11:05; the high school will dismiss at 11:10; Lincoln, Harding and Central will dismiss at 11:30. 

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

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.

Illinois: As per the governor, all bars and restaurants in the state will close to the public at the end of their business day on Monday, March 16 and remain closed through Monday, March 30.

Iowa: As per the governor’s office, leaders of institutions and organizers of events should begin to act on their contingency plans related to large gatherings, including church services. Iowans should not hold or attend large gatherings of more than 250 people, and consider making adjustments for smaller gatherings with high risk groups. Health care organizations should also review their contingency plans and consider how telehealth can support the needs of Iowans. At this time, school closures are not recommended.

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

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.
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.  

Rich is TSPR's News Director.