List: Local events canceled or postponed due to coronavirus

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — In an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus, many large events locally and nationwide have been postponed or canceled.

Gov. Gina Raimondo urged Rhode Islanders not to organize or attend events involving 25 people or more for at least two weeks, and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza revoked all entertainment licenses in the city until further notice.

Below is a list of local events that have been postponed or canceled as of March 20:

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Providence County

  • Cardi’s Furniture has temporarily closed all of its showrooms in Rhode Island. During this time, you will be able to shop and buy home furnishings.
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  • The Rhode Island General Assembly has canceled all House/Senate sessions and committee hearings for the week of March 23-27.
  • RIPTA has temporarily closed Kennedy Plaza.
  • The Diocese of Providence has suspended all public Masses until further notice.
  • PPAC: Blue Man Group’s upcoming performances have been canceled and ticket-holders will be issued refunds. Other events including Jesus Christ Superstar, Celtic Woman, and The Bachelor Live have been postponed.
  • Trinity Rep: The remainder of the 2019-20 season has been canceled.
  • The R.I. Democratic Party is suspending all public events.
  • Showcase Cinemas is pausing moviegoing at its theaters from the night of March 16 through at least April 7.
  • Providence Water has closed its headquarters through March 30. The CDC says the coronavirus has not been detected in drinking water. To lessen any financial hardship the pandemic may have, they are temporarily suspending all bill collections, water service shutoffs, and regular billing until further notice.
  • East Providence libraries are closed until further notice and late fees will be waived. Phone service will be provided Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Beginning Monday, March 16, Rhode Island state courts will remain open to staff but all court calendars have been cleared for the week.
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo is temporarily closed until at least April 1. All events and educational programming have been suspended.
  • Special Olympics Rhode Island has suspended all training and activities, and all plunge events have been postponed. More details »
  • Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has revoked all entertainment licenses until further notice. For the next two weeks, all city-sponsored events will be postponed and non-essential public meetings will be canceled.
  • Bobcat Goldthwait’s shows at the Comedy Connection in East Providence have been rescheduled from March 13-14 to March 22-23.
  • Baby Shark Live! North American Tour has been postponed and the dates will be rescheduled. It was scheduled to stop at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on March 24.
  • Cirque du Soleil has canceled its June 3-7 engagement at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Ticket holders will be contacted about refunds.
  • The Columbus Theatre has canceled a number of performances.
  • The YMCA of Greater Providence has postponed its “Women, Wine and the Y” celebration scheduled for Thursday, March 26.
  • St. Mark Church’s Lenten Supper and Confirmation rehearsals/Mass have been indefinitely postponed.
  • All major events at Twin River Casino have been postponed including CES Live Championship Boxing (March 12), Blood Sweat & Tears concert (March 13) and the Craft Beer, Wine and Food Show (March 21).
  • Providence Flea Markets on March 22 and April 5 have been canceled.
  • The Department of Literary Arts at Brown has canceled all remaining public events for spring 2020.
  • Beneficient Congregational Church will suspend Sunday Worship Services. Members are invited to join in virtual worship at 10 a.m. It is unclear when worship services will resume.
  • Venture Café Providence will hold all Thursday Gatherings online for the foreseeable future.
  • The sold-out 2020 Bryant University Women’s Summit has been postponed.
  • The New England Soccer Hall of Fame has postponed its annual induction ceremony on March 22, it will be rescheduled.
  • Honor Flight “Yankee” scheduled for March 28 has been postponed, they would like to assure veterans and guardians that they will be given first priority for the next Honor Flight scheduled for June 6.
  • The Scituate Senior Center has suspended all activities through March 31, this includes the meal-site program.
  • Smithfield Family Fun Day scheduled for April 14 has been canceled and all community events are being monitored.
  • St. Raphael Academy, which is connected to two of Rhode Island’s presumptive positive coronavirus cases, withdrew from the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Division I girl’s basketball tournament and the Division II quarterfinals boy’s ice hockey games.
  • Brown University has suspended all events involving 100 people or more. The decision forced the upcoming Division I and Division II Boys Hockey Championship series to relocate to the University of Rhode Island.
  • Brain Week Rhode Island has canceled all of its upcoming events, which includes panels, workshops and guest speakers.
  • Providence Athenaeum will suspend all programs with 50 attendees or more through the month of March. Smaller gatherings, such as reading groups and story hours, will take place as scheduled.
  • The East Providence Senior Center has canceled all programs until further notice. Seniors seeking food, prescriptions or other senior services are encouraged to call Senior Center staff at (401) 435-7800. Please provide a 24-hour notice before delivery is needed.

Kent County

  • The PurpleStride walk scheduled for May 3 at Goddard Memorial Park has been canceled.
  • Cranston Mayor Allan Fung closed all recreational fields in to the public until further notice.
  • In Warwick, all municipal board and commission meetings including the City Council, Zoning and Planning Boards, and Municipal and Probate Courts are canceled until further notice.
  • The DMV’s Cranston office remains open but license, ID and registration service has been suspended for the remainder of the week. Residents whose licenses will soon expire will be given a 30-day grace period.
  • West Warwick Town Hall Offices are closed to the public until further notice. Employees will continue to work and provide service by phone, mail and email.
  • Showcase Cinemas is pausing moviegoing at its theaters from the night of March 16 through at least April 7.
  • The R.I. Treasury Office on Service Avenue in Warwick remains operational but the public is strongly urged to conduct business by phone or online.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick will be closed until further notice.
  • All Cranston libraries have been closed and those who cannot return their books, late fees will be waived.
  • Cranston’s city ice rink and Municipal Court are closed and all recreational programs will be halted. The Diversity meeting on Monday night, the Board of Contract and Purchase on Tuesday night, the Charter Review Commission on Wednesday and the City Council meeting on March 23 have all been canceled.
  • Cranston High School West Theater has postponed its upcoming performances of Anon(ymous).
  • All large-scale activities involving groups of more than 250 people in the city of Warwick have been postponed for the next two weeks.
  • All activities at Warwick’s senior centers will be postponed for at least two weeks.
  • The Coventry Resource and Senior Center will be closed from March 12-30 for all events, classes and meals. Meals on Wheels will continue to be delivered to the “most frail elders.”
  • The Coventry Community Food Bank is closed until March 30.
  • The Hockey All Division/All-Academic Banquet meant to be held March 18 was postponed by the host of the event, Crown Plaza Hotel. It has been rescheduled for March 20, a full refund will be given to anyone wishing to cancel their reservation.
  • The Buttonwoods Community Center is canceling all events and not accepting any reservations until the threat of coronavirus is determined to be over.

Newport County

  • The Aquidneck Island Police Parade has been canceled.
  • The Newport Car Museum will be closed from March 16 to March 20. As events concerning coronavirus develop this week, the Museum will make a decision on whether it will open next weekend and beyond.
  • Newport public meetings, including the Newport City Council, Zoning and Planning Boards, and Historic District Commission are canceled until further notice, along with Municipal and Probate Courts
  • The Newport Mansions are closed to visitors. Several springtime events are being canceled and postponed, a lecture on March 19 and the East Egg Hunt & Brunch at Rosecliff on April 11 have both been canceled. The exhibition “Becoming Vanderbilt” has been postponed until further notice and the Newport Symposium is postponed until 2021.
  • The Middletown Fire Department and Department of Public Works building are closed to the public indefinitely. Town Hall will remain open, and the police station lobby will be open for VIN checks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. but other services have been suspended.
  • The Potter League’s LoveBash for Animals has been postponed from March 20 to June 11.
  • The Redwood Library and Athenaeum canceled all programming, lectures, and concerts through the end of April.

Bristol County

  • All nonessential public meetings in Bristol will be canceled and rescheduled. All town offices and departments may operate on a modified schedule and may restrict in-person business activities.
  • Peck Center for Adult Enrichment (Senior Center) is closed indefinitely.
  • Barrington Public Library will be closed through March 22.
  • All Barrington public meetings, daycare centers, and municipal playgrounds are closed.
  • First Congregational Church in Bristol will not hold any services and all activities will be closed.
  • The Bristol County Sheriff’s Office is suspending visitation at the Dartmouth complex and the Ash Street Jail for two weeks beginning on Sunday, March 15, due to health concerns surrounding the Coronavirus.

South County

  • The R.I. State Police “5K Foot Pursuit has been postponed from their original April 26 date. State Police say they will announce a new rescheduled date within the coming weeks.
  • Brickey’s Ice Cream has decided to close back down and will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • The Inside Scoop is delaying its store opening out an abundance of caution. They are taking time to ensure all employees are properly trained on the necessary safety and sanitation procedures that will be required to re-opening.

Southeastern Massachusetts

  • The Diocese of Fall River has suspended all public Masses and other liturgical services until further notice.
  • Showcase Cinemas is pausing moviegoing at its theaters from the night of March 16 through at least April 7.
  • Trial Courts have been closed to the public for Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17.
  • All Massachusetts public and private schools will close beginning on Tuesday and continuing to April 6.
  • All of the state’s restaurants and bars have been ordered to move to take-out only service (no onsite consumption) and continue to practice social distancing. This begins Tuesday and will remain in place until April 17.
  • Nursing homes will be prohibited from allowing visitors, and hospitals must screen visitors and restrict visitation.
  • The New Bedford Whaling Museum is closed through at least March 27.
  • The 5th Annual Teen Safety Summit originally scheduled for April 2 in Mansfield has been postponed until the fall, according to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.
  • All performances, classes and other events at New Bedford’s Zeiterion Theatre through March 31 have been postponed or canceled. More information »
  • The Little Sisters of the Poor 12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Fundraiser at The Old Grist Mill Tavern scheduled for March 17 has been canceled.
  • Fall River’s State of the City address that was scheduled for March 16 has been postponed. It will be rescheduled once the Massachusetts State of Emergency is lifted.
  • The Southcoast Progressive Voices Forum on Prison Reform scheduled for March 18 has been postponed.
  • The planned stand-out at St. Julie’s Church in North Dartmouth will be rescheduled.
  • The Massachusetts Democratic Party has canceled all upcoming caucuses and is in the process of developing a replacement for the caucus process.

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