Events Canceled, Closures Announced Over Coronavirus Concerns
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Events are being canceled across the country and across the state as organizers respond to growing concerns about coronavirus. A list of some of the cancelations will be included here.
Information on Utah school district and university closures can be found here.
Gov. Gary Herbert and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox were joined by educational leaders to outline recommendations made by Utah’s COVID-19 Community Task Force, including limiting gatherings of more than 100 people in Utah, beginning Monday.
BYU Sports: “Effective immediately, all athletic events on BYU’s campus will be closed to the public. Only participants, coaches and essential staff will be allowed to attend. BYU Athletics will provide updates as more information becomes available,” @BYUCougars tweeted.
Celine Dion Courage World Tour, scheduled for March 26 at the Vivint Arena, has been postponed.
Cher We Go Again Tour 2020, scheduled for April 28 at the Vivint Arena, has been postponed.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has temporarily suspended all public meetings worldwide.
Hale Center Theatre will suspend all performances until March 30, effective immediately.
In keeping with Governor Herbert’s request, Hale Centre Theatre will suspend all performances until March 30, effective immediately. If you have tickets in that time period, we ask for your patience in allowing us to contact you in the coming week to reschedule. pic.twitter.com/jPawR7chcD
— Hale Centre Theatre (@Hale_Theatre) March 12, 2020
JoJo Wisa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour, scheduled for March 27 at the Vivint Arena, has been postponed.
Lauren Daigle at the Maverik Center, which was set for April 14, has been rescheduled for Aug. 8. Original tickets will be honored for the new date.
NCAA: The men’s and women’s Division I NCAA tournaments have been canceled, along with all other spring and winter championships.
North Davis Fire District Tours is taking steps to ensure the safety of the community and District employees and has decided to minimize risk associated with unnecessary exposure, according to a Facebook post. “Therefore, North Davis Fire District is suspending participation in any non-essential, public events and station tours until the threat posed by COVID-19 and exposure to it has subsided. Once the threat of COVID-19 has diminished, North Davis Fire District will resume scheduling and participating in public addresses and station tours.”
Pac-12 Conference has made the decision to cancel the remainder of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament and all Pac-12 sports competitions and Pac-12 Championship events, effective immediately, until further notice, according to a press release. “This decision has been made in consultation with our member universities in an effort to limit the spread of the virus and in the interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes, campus personnel, working and event personnel, and all those who attend Pac-12 events.”
Post Malone Runaway Tour, scheduled for March 21 at the Vivint Arena, has been postponed.
Professional sports: The NBA, MLS, NHL and MLB have delayed games or suspended seasons. In Utah, the Salt Lake Bees have postponed their opening day and the Utah Grizzlies‘ 2019-20 season has been suspended. The U.S. Women’s National Team friendly against Australia that was scheduled for April 10 at Rio Tinto Stadium has been canceled.
Salt Lake County officials said several county facilities will close Friday amid concerns of the coronavirus outbreak. County senior centers, recreation centers, libraries, arts and cultural facilities, the equestrian center and the Clark Planetarium will close Friday, March 13, until further notice.
St. George Art Festival, originally scheduled for April 10-11, has been canceled. “This was not a decision we made lightly. Every year thousands of people look forward to the Art Festival so we wanted to do everything to make it happen this year — as it has every year since 1980,” said Leisure Services director Shane McAffee. “We also wanted to be considerate to our artists who have committed to the Art Festival. Rather than keep the artists, performers and food vendors in a state of limbo, we decided to cancel this year’s event. We look forward to the Art Festival’s return in 2021.”
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Salt Lake City scheduled for March 14 is canceled. In a Facebook post, Hibernian Society of Utah announced, “It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel Saturday’s parade. Our highest hope is that we will be able to reschedule both the parade & Siamsa for a later date.”
TOOL Concert at the Maverik Center, which was set for March 16, has been postponed.
United Fire Authority: Tours will be restricting non-critical public interactions. “Station tours, ridealongs, school visits, etc will be canceled until further notice. We will still be responding to emergency calls as usual,” United Fire said in a tweet.
University of Utah athletic department announced that they are canceling all athletic events in accordance with the Pac-12’s decision.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard canceled all remaining domestic events. “Due to the recently enacted European travel restrictions, and ongoing concerns in the United States and Canada regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), U.S. Ski & Snowboard is canceling all remaining U.S. domestic events, and working to return all U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes back to the United States.”
Utah High School Athletics Association: All activities from March 16 through 30 are canceled.
Utah Catholic Schools: All Catholic places of worship and religious education programs will close beginning March 13 through March 31. Schools will begin remote instruction on March 16.
Zac Brown Band at the Maverik Center, which was set for March 26, has been postponed.
This story will be updated.
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