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COVID-19: Closings and Cancellations

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UPDATE: On March 20, Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order requiring Illinois residents to stay at home. The order closes all "nonessential" businesses and prohibits gathering of more than 10 people. On March 31, Gov. Pritzker announced plans to extend the order through the month of April. To learn more about the order, and what's considered "essential" and "nonessential," click here or here.

In Missouri, Gov. Mike Parson issued a "social distancing" order that ran from Monday, March 23 until Monday, April 6. On April 3, Gov. Parson announced Missouri would be under a statewide stay at home order from April 6 - April 24.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed an order closing all "non-life-sustaining" businesses to in-person traffic by 8 p.m. March 26. On March 30, Gov. Beshear ​issued an order that restricts out-of-state travel, with four exceptions: 1) travel to other states for work or groceries, 2) travel to care for loved ones, 3) travel to obtain health care and 4) travel when required by a court order.

(WSIL) -- In an effort to prevent to spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, many facilities and agencies in the News 3 viewing area have restricted access, announced closures or canceled events.

This list will continue to be updated.

ASSISTED LIVING/NURSING HOMES

Many nursing homes, assisted living communities and long-term care facilities in the News 3 viewing area have temporary visitor restrictions in place. In addition, some communities are limiting volunteers and canceling events and group outings. Check with your local community for more information.

BANKING

Banterra Bank will offer appointment-only lobby service starting March 18. All drive-ups will remain open.

State Bank of Whittington has closed the lobbies at all its locations. Drive-thru will remain open with regular hours. New accounts, loan applications, safe deposit entries and change orders are by appointment only.

BARS/RESTAURANTS

Illinois: Gov. JB Pritzker ordered all bars and dine-in restaurants to close, effective end of business Monday, March 16 - April 7. On March 31, Gov. Pritzker announced he would extend that order through the end of April. Delivery, drive-thru and curbside pick-up service will still be allowed.

The Facebook group "Southern Illinois Eats" has started a thread for restaurants who will be offering delivery or curbside services.

Kentucky: Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered all Kentucky bars and restaurant dine-in services in the state to close. The order does not apply to carry out and food delivery services.

Missouri: Gov. Mike Parson has issued an order that bans eating or drinking at restaurants, bars, or food courts. Restaurants may still offer drive-thru, carry out or delivery options.

CITIES/TOWNS

  • Benton: City Hall closed to the public.
  • Cape Girardeau: All City Hall public offices, including customer service/utility billing and development services, are closed to the public. Utility bill payments can be made by phone, online or via auto-payment options. Many other city departments, community centers and recreation areas are closed. Click here for the full list.
  • Carbondale: City Hall/Civic Center closed to the public through April 30. All events planned for the Civic Center or Town Square Pavilion canceled. All Carbondale Park District basketball courts, soccer, baseball/softball fields, shelters and BBQ areas are closed.
  • Carterville: City Hall and Water and Sewer Department open to the public by appointment only. Water bills may be paid online or by the dropbox. Playgrounds at James Street Park and Cannon Park are closed. Reservations for the Community Center, Cannon Park Pavilion and Cannon Park Gazebo are canceled through April 30.
  • Chester: City Hall closed to the public. Utility payments may be made online, by mail, or via exterior drop box. Chester Welcome Center, Cohen Memorial Home, and all ball fields and playground equipment at Cohen Complex are closed.
  • Christopher: City Hall closed to the public. All city parks closed.
  • Dexter, Mo.: Water/sewer, police and fire departments closed to the public.
  • Du Quoin: City Hall closed to general public. Events and meetings scheduled in City Hall are canceled. Payments can be made online, over the phone, or by using the dropbox.
  • Eldorado: City Hall and Water Department closed to the public. Bills may be paid using the drop box.
  • Harrisburg: City Hall closed to the public. Spring clean-up postponed.
  • Herrin: City Hall, the sewer department, city garage and animal control facilities are closed to the public.
  • Johnston City: Parks and playgrounds in town are closed until further notice. Arrowhead Lake and trail are still open. Practice the 6-feet distance rule.
  • Marion: City Hall closed to the public. All events and activities at the HUB, the Pavilion, Marion Carnegie Library, Marion Senior Citizen's Center and the Boyton Street Community Center canceled beginning Monday, March 16.
  • Mt. Vernon: City Hall closed to the public. Water bills can be paid by mail, online or using dropboxes at City Hall or next to the mailboxes at Hughey Funeral Home. Rolland Lewis Community Building closed to public meetings. Municipal West building closed to the public beginning March 17.
  • Paducah: The city of Paducah has declared a state of emergency and is canceling classes, events and scheduled meetings. Access at city parks has been restricted. All City offices will be closed to the public through May 3 until further notice. Click here for a full list.
  • Perryville, Mo.: City Hall closed to all visitors. Utility bills may be paid online, over the phone or by using the dropbox. The Perry Park Center is closed to the public and all league and activities suspended indefinitely.
  • Pinckneyville: City Hall and offices are closed to the public. Utility payments may be made online or via exterior drop boxes.
  • Vienna: City Hall and city offices are closed to the public.
  • West Frankfort: City Hall closed to the public. Water payments can be made by mail, online, or at the dropbox at City Hall.

COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES

  • John A. Logan College: Spring break extended through March 22, classes moved online beginning Monday, March 23 and through the end of the spring semester. The John A. Logan College campus is closed. All services will be provided remotely. All events scheduled at the college through May 15 are canceled.
  • Murray State University: Spring break set for March 16 - March 20. Class instruction will be online or through "alternative delivery methods" beginning Monday, March 23. Spring commencement ceremony postponed.
  • Rend Lake College: Spring break extended through Friday, March 20, classes move online beginning Monday, March 23 and for remainder of semester. The campus is closed with the exception of security and necessary physical plant inspection of equipment. All employees to work remotely.
  • Shawnee Community College: Spring break extended through March 20, online or "alternate delivery" of classes to begin Monday, March 23. Shawnee College's main campus and extension centers closed until further notice.
  • Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO): In-person classes suspended March 23 - March 27, beginning March 30, in-person classes will be provided through alternative means. All university events on and off campus canceled through May 15. Effective Tuesday, March 24, all Southeast campuses will begin transitioning to telework arrangements with very limited on-site presence. Spring commencement ceremonies postponed.
  • Southeastern Illinois College (SIC): Classes, functions and events canceled March 16 - March 20, alternate (distance/online/video chat/etc.) classes Monday, March 23 through the rest of the spring semester. WiFi service is available in the school's parking lots.
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC): Spring break extended through March 22, classes offered online or in "alternative formats" beginning Monday, March 23 and for the rest of the spring semester. With Gov. Pritzker's "stay at home" order, students who are living on campus must stay on campus; students who are not on campus may not return. Spring commencement ceremonies canceled.
  • Three Rivers College: Moving to virtual instruction March 23 through the end of the 2020 Spring semester.
  • West Kentucky Community & Technical College (WKCTC): Online/remote classroom instruction through the end of the semester. All computer labs on WKCTC campuses closed until further notice. Spring commencement ceremonies postponed.

DRIVER SERVICES

Illinois: All Illinois Secretary of State offices and Driver Services facilities are closed to the public through April 30. Expiration dates for driver's licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations and other transactions and document filings will be extended at least 30 days after Driver Services Facilities reopen. Online services are available.

Kentucky: All statewide license issuance locations, including REAL ID offices, will be closed to the public until further notice. Kentuckians with ID credentials or other types of transportation related documents that expire while licensing offices are closed will be granted a 90-calendar day extension beyond their printed expiration date, and any delinquent renewal fees will be waived. Online services are still available.

Missouri: Valid Missouri driver licenses (Class A, B, C, E, F and M), nondriver licenses and noncommercial instruction permits with original expiration dates of March 1, 2020 through April 30, 2020 have been granted an automatic 60-day extension. Vehicle ownwith registrations (license plates) expiring in the months of March and April have been granted an automatic two-month extension and will be able to continue operating their vehicles on Missouri roadways without penalty until they can apply for renewal.

FITNESS CENTERS

Carbondale Parks District: Life Community Center closed to the public.

Foundry Athletics in Carterville is closed to the public.

HUB Recreation Center: Closed through April 30.

Logan Fitness Center: Effective March 17, closed until further notice. All spring classes have been canceled for the remainder of the semester. 

SIU Recreation Center: Effective 7 p.m. March 16, closed until further notice.

West Frankfort Aquatics & Activities Center: Closed to the public.

HOSPITALS

Baptist Health Paducah is suspending elective procedures and elective screening exams. Urgent and emergency procedures and diagnostic exams will still be performed. The hospital has also implemented a stricter visitor policy, limiting visitors to one per certain patients and having visitors use only certain entrances.

Crossroads Community Hospital has temporarily suspended all patient visits until further notice. Exceptions may be made for pediatric patients and in end-of-life situations. Crossroads will screen all visitors upon entry.

Ferrell Hospital is not allowing any visitors. Exceptions will be made for one adult accompanying a pediatric patient and end-of-life situations. The hospital and affiliated clinics have implemented patient screening protocols prior to entering the facility and/or clinics.

Franklin Hospital has implemented a temporary, hospital-wide visitor restriction. No visitors are allowed in any clinical area. A patient under the age of 18 may have one visitor. Exceptions may be made per nursing discretion for special needs or compromised patients. The hospital cafeteria is restricted to employees only until further notice.

Hamilton Memorial Hospital District is not allowing visitors under the age of 18 and no more than two visitors in a patient's room. Visitors must also complete an Illinois Department of Public Health screening questionnaire.

Harrisburg Medical Center has implemented a "No Visitors" policy effective 1 p.m. March 23. The only exception is pediatric patients, end-of-life patients, and ER patients may have one person with them.

Heartland Regional Medical Center has canceled several activities, classes and events (see below in the Events section) and is restricting the hospital cafeteria to only current HRMC staff until further notice. The hospital has also established a call-ahead hotline to limit exposure to COVID-19. Patients with fever, cough, shortness of breath, or those exposed to the coronavirus should call (888) 543-2786 before seeking testing or care. As of April 3, no visitors will be allowed. Exceptions will be made for patients undergoing emergency care or surgery or those on end-of-life care.

Jackson Purchase Medical Center has implemented a zero-visitor protocol. Some exceptions may apply.

Marshall Browning Hospital has implemented a no-visitor policy, effective April 3 until further notice. Information about virtual visits via tablets and video chat apps will be made available to patients' families. The hospital has set up a COVID-10 Hotline - 618-542-8958. Operators can address questions about the coronavirus, connect callers with the Perry County Health Department, or discuss concerns about exposure.

Mercy Health - Lourdes Hospital is asking people not to visit its facilities, including senior services and long-term care locations. For mother/baby and pediatric patients, visitors are limited to a designated partner or primary caretaker/guardian (only one at a time). Exceptions will be considered based on "end-of-life situations or when a visitor is essential for the patient's emotional well-being and care." Mercy Health has opened a 24/7 hotline dedicated to public questions about COVID-19. If you have coronavirus-related questions, are showing possible symptoms, or may have had an exposure to someone diagnosed with a positive case of COVID-19, call 888-700-9011 to be guided on next steps.

SIH has set-up a 24-hour COVID-19 hotline to provide telephone screening, information and to answer general questions: 1-844-988-7800. All elective surgery has been postponed. Effective March 23, SIH has suspended visitation within its facilities until further notice. The hospital has opened three drive-thru testing sites for patients who receive an electronic doctor's order through the hotline.

SoutheastHealth has adopted a "no visitor" policy. Limited exceptions will be made for several areas such as pediatrics, OB, and the NICU.

SSM Health is offering a free "virtual visit" for anyone who is concerned they may be experiencing symptoms of, or may have been exposed to, COVID-19. Anyone who lives in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma or Wisconsin, regardless of insurance or if they are a current SSM Health patient, is eligible for the free evaluation. The hospital has also set up testing sites for patients referred by a SSM Health physician or SSM Health virtual visit. Until further notice, no visitors will be allowed in any SSM Health care sites except in certain specific circumstances. SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital is accepting donations of unused personal protective equipment (PPE).

JAILS/PRISONS

The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) has temporarily suspended all visits until further notice. IDOC says it's "expanding opportunities for video visits and phone calls" and providing those in custody with funds for two 20-minute phone calls and one 15-minute video visit. Attorneys are still permitted at IDOC facilities, but will be screened upon arrival.

The Kentucky Department of Corrections has temporarily suspended visitation at all prisons until further notice.

Effective March 12, the Missouri Department of Corrections is suspending visiting for the next 30 days. Attorney visits will be permitted.

The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office is asking people to limit visits to their facility. Also, all lobby video visitation, clergy visits, and worship services are canceled until further noti

McCracken County Jail is closed to the public. This includes onsite visits. Video visits will still be available.

The Perry County, Illinois Sheriff's Office has implemented screening procedures for all visitors.

The Randolph County Sheriff's Office has canceled all inmate visitation at the jail through April 13. Visits from legal counsel will still continue.

The White County Sheriff's Office has announced several precautionary measures, including no in-person visits at the jail. A full list can be found on the department's Facebook page.

LIBRARIES

MEDICAL/DENTAL

Centerstone has instructed most of its staff to provide services to clients and communities through virtual care – the use of video and telephone – during the coronavirus pandemic. Current and new clients in Illinois may call 1-855-608-3560 to schedule an appointment. At that time, they can request an in-person session or one delivered via telephone or video.

Jackson County, IL Health Department will remain open with limited access starting Monday, March 23. The facility will be open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 618-684-3143 ahead to arrange services.

Marion Eye Centers and Optical offices in Missouri and Illinois and Marion Eye Centers Surgery Center in Mt Vernon, Illinois has suspended appointments for all eye exams, treatments and surgeries. However, Marion Eye Centers will set up injection clinics for patients who are being treated for Macular Degeneration. Patients will be contacted by Marion Eye Centers for a specific time and date.

OFFICES

Buncombe Public Water District is closed until further notice. Payments may be made via dropbox, mail, ACH or online at buncombepwd.com

Carbondale Park District: Administrative offices closed to the public.

Franklin County Housing Authority is closed to all walk-in traffic. The Housing Authority remains open and is conducting business during regular hours by phone, fax, email and written correspondence.

Humane Society of Missouri is temporarily closing its adoption shelters to the public beginning 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, and will remain closed until the 30-day 'Stay-At-Home' mandate for the St. Louis area is lifted.

Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has announced that all Division of Rehabilitation Services’ (DRS) Offices will close until early April. DRS’ customers can reach their local offices by phone or online at DRS.illinois.gov.

Marion Animal Care & Control is reducing public access and has placed a freeze on all trapping of animals. All adoptions will be by appointment only.

Murdale Water office is closed to the public effective March 17. Payments may be made by mail.

Paducah Water Business Office is closed to the public until further notice. Paducah Water is still operating and will continue to provide water to customers. Call (270) 442-2746 or visit pwwky.com.

The Perry County Government Building in Pinckneyville is closed to the public until further notice. If you have questions, call or email the appropriate office/department.

Pulaski County offices are closed to the public. Appointments to conduct in-person business may be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of county office personnel.

State Rep. Terri Bryant's district officers in Murphysboro and Mt. Vernon are closed until further notice. Constituents may reach staff by calling (618) 242-8115 or (618) 684-1100 or by emailing Bryant@ILHouseGOP.org.

White County Courthouse and all county offices are closed to the public. Court remains open for emergency purposes only. Residents should call if they have a question.

Williamson County Administrative Building will be closed to the public until further notice, effective Friday, March 20.

Williamson County Animal Control is open for emergency calls but not open to the public. Walk-through visits and adoptions are not being allowed at this time.

SCHOOLS

Illinois: Gov. JB Pritzker is extending the stay at home order, keeping all K-12 schools in the state closed through the end of April.

Kentucky: Gov. Andy Beshear is urging Kentucky school districts to extend the current closure through late April.

Missouri: Gov. Mike Parson has issued a statewide stay at home order that requires schools stay closed through April 24.

SENIOR CENTERS

The Illinois Department on Aging notified all senior centers to suspend "gathering activities" including group meals and social activities. Carry out and delivered meals are still allowed.

Gov. Andy Beshear has also urged Kentucky senior centers to temporarily close in-person activities.

Active Day of Marion: Closed for 30 days, effective March 16. If you have questions, call (618) 998-2032.

Our Healthy Circle, Heartland Regional Medical Center: All events canceled until further notice.

STATE GOVERNMENT

  • Illinois: The Illinois General Assembly has canceled its session scheduled for the week of March 23.
  • Kentucky: Kentucky lawmakers have postponed the state's General Assembly until March 17.
  • Missouri: The Senate has canceled session for the week of March 16.

STATE PARKS/HISTORIC SITES/NATIONAL SITES

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is closed and the opening of all campground and marinas on the Refuge has been postponed until further notice. All Refuge events for the month of April have been canceled.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced the closure of all state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas, and historic sites as well as the cancellation of upcoming scheduled events.

Kentucky State Parks have canceled or postponed all scheduled park events through April 30. All Kentucky State Parks remain open to the public.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources is keeping state parks open. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the department will try to limit visitors' interaction with rangers and other park staffers. Campgrounds, all day-use areas, boat ramps and trails remain open.

The Shawnee National Forest has closed its offices, as well as all developed campgrounds and restrooms. Garden of the Gods Recreation Area and Bell Smith Springs Trailhead are also closed to the public.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District: The Rend Lake Project Office and Visitor Center, all U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds and many day-use areas at Rend Lake will remain closed until further notice. All camping reservations made for North and South Sandusky, South Marcum, and Gun Creek campgrounds through April 30 are canceled. All shelter and group camp reservations in Corps of Engineers managed areas through April 30 have also been canceled. At Rend Lake, the South Marcum and Dam West boat ramps, the Dam West and Spillway Day Use Areas and outlying access areas will remain open. In addition, portions of the Rend Lake bike trail remain open.

ACTIVITIES/EVENTS

Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America has called on all members to stop in-person meetings and cancel all activities and camping trips.

Carson Center: The Carson Center for the Performing Arts has suspended all normal operations for approximately 30 days. Most performances and events during this period have been rescheduled, postponed, or canceled. At this time, performances and events scheduled after April 12 will take place as planned.

Marion Cultural and Civic Center: The Marion Cultural and Civic Center will be closed until May 1. Any tickets held for a show that is being rescheduled will be directly transferred to the new date. If an event is not rescheduled, ticket holders will be contacted about a refund.

Show Me Center: Several events planned at the Show Me Center have been postponed:

  • 2020 Heartland Home & Garden Show postponed and rescheduled for April 24-26
  • March 24-25: PAW Patrol Live! show postponed. A rescheduled date will be announced in the future.
  • March 27: Lynyrd Skynyrd concert postponed. A rescheduled date will be announced in the future.
  • April 17-19: Hot Wheels Monster Trucks LIVE postponed. A rescheduled date will be announced in the future.

AMC Theaters have temporarily closed all locations nationwide in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Carbondale branch of NAACP has canceled its March and April meetings.

Carbondale Park District: Board of Commissioners and Citizen Advisory meetings are postponed.

Christopher Homecoming 2020 has been canceled.

For Kids' Sake Closing Celebration postponed until further notice. Bidding can be done remotely by viewing the show online and emailing a bid.

The Frontier League, which includes the Southern Illinois Miners, has delayed the scheduled May 14 start of the season. A new start date for the 2020 season has not yet been announced.

Fun-HUB Bash for CASA at the HUB Recreation Center in Marion postponed until Friday, August 7.

Harry Crisp Sports Complex in Marion is closed to the public.

Heartland Regional Medical Center: Several events hosted at the hospital have been canceled. Included in the cancellations are:

  • Our Healthy Circle -- St. Patrick’s Day Party, Sit & Fit, Bingo, Lunch & Learn, Monthly Meeting, Pizza and a Movie
  • Heartland Regional Auxiliary Volunteers and Chaplain Corp.
  • Heartland Rotary Club meetings
  • Marion Chamber of Commerce meetings
  • CPR training and all health education classes

HerrinFesta Italiana originally set for May 17-May 25 has been canceled.

Hickory Ridge Golf Course is closed.

Johnston City Easter egg hunt set for April 11 is canceled. The Firecracker 5K will be rescheduled for a future date.

Knights of Columbus of Harrisburg has canceled its Lenten fish fries.

Marion Chamber of Commerce has postponed the 10th annual Bass Tournament, the March Lunch & Learn and the April Membership Luncheon.

Paducah QuiltWeek Show that was scheduled for April 22 - April 25 is being postponed until Sept. 2 - Sept. 5.

Paducah Symphony Orchestra has suspended the remainder of its 2019/2020 season.

Pinckneyville Columbian Club fish fry and bingo canceled until further notice.

Relay For Life of Washington County is postponing its events - the Taste of Hope, the Survivor Dinner and Celebration of Hope and the Relay For Life Bark in the Park. These events will be rescheduled for later in the year.

Rend Lake College Culinary Arts Showcase has been canceled.

Benton-West City Chamber of Commerce has postponed the 2020 Rend Lake Water Festival originally scheduled for April 29-May 2. A new date has not yet been set.

River-to-River Trail Society remaining scheduled hikes for the 2020 spring hiking season are canceled. This includes public hikes previously scheduled for April 11, April 18, April 25, April 26, and May 2.

Scratch Brewing Company 7th anniversary celebration postponed until summer or fall.

Shrek the Musical presented by the Frankfort Community High School Music Department has been postponed to a later date.

SIU Carbondale: Several events planned on the SIUC campus have been canceled, including commencement ceremonies:

  • 04/08/20 - John Cruickshank, Consul General of Canada
  • 04/08/20 - World Language Day
  • 04/10/20 - Open House (visit admissions.siu.edu for alternative visits or virtual tours)
  • 04/14/20 - Arbor Day/Earth Month
  • 04/15/20 - CASA Research Flash Talk 4.0
  • 04/15/20-04/17/20 - Little Grassy Literary Festival
  • 04/17/20-04/18/20 - Friends of Morris Library Book Sale
  • 04/19/20 - Public Astronomy Observation
  • 04/21/20 - Student Creative Activities and Research Forum
  • 04/23/20-04/26/20 - Sweat at McLoud Theater
  • 04/23/20 - Amy Chua Lecture
  • 04/24/20 - SIU Day
  • 04/25/20 - Buffalo Tro
  • 04/25/20 - Carbondale Boat Regatta
  • 04/25/20 - Esports Super Smash Event
  • 04/25/20 - MCM Red Carpet Event
  • 04/25/20-04/26/20 - Introduction to Equine Rehabilitation
  • 04/26/20 - Walk MS
  • 04/27/20 - Youth Government Day
  • 04/27/20 - Freshman New Student Orientation
  • 04/29/20 - Information Technology Day
  • 04/29/20 - Lindell W. Stugis Breakfast
  • 04/25/20 - Leadership over Lunch
  • 04/29/20 - Women in Technology
  • 05/02/20 - University Honors Senior Student Banquet
  • 05/03/20 - Black Excellence Ceremony
  • 05/05/20 - Top 6 Senior Banquet
  • 05/07/20 - ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
  • 05/07/20 - Academic Excellence Recognition Ceremony
  • 05/08/20 - Forever SIU
  • 05/08/20 - School of Law Commencement
  • 05/09/20 - Commencement (commencement.siu.edu)
  • 06/04/20-06/07/20 - Transmission Brotherhood Hands on Training Conference

Southern Seven Health Department "Health of Your Community" focus groups scheduled in Pope County, Hardin County and Massac County canceled until further notice.

Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois has delayed its two spring flights until further notice. The April board meeting has been canceled. The May board meeting will be held via web conference.

Williamson County SWCD Spring Fish Sale is postponed.

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