CORONAVIRUS FEARS SHUTTING DOWN MUCH OF TEXAS

HOUSTON: Because of the coronavirus, here are all the school and event closures as of this morning:

Schools:

Rice University announced Sunday that in-person classes and undergraduate teaching labs would be canceled this week to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, but staff and faculty were also still required to work. The announcement came days after an employee tested positive last week for COVID-19.

Prairie View A&M announced via Twitter Wednesday that it would suspend classes until Monday, March 23, but that faculty and staff are still required to work.

South Texas College of Law Houston has canceled all on-campus classes and will conduct its classes only online starting Thursday according to a university release. The law school will re-evaluate its decisions on March 23 after its spring break, but the campus will remain open and business operations will continue.

University of Houston classes are canceled for next week. University will remain open but faculty/staff have option to work remotely. Classes will resume online March 23. Resident students are encouraged to stay home but dorms are open for those returning, according to an official tweet by UH President Renu Khator.

All Montgomery ISD campuses and departments will close this Thursday and Friday ahead of spring break. Montgomery ISD after-school activities are cancelled for Wednesday, and all sporting events and practices are cancelled through Saturday.

Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School in Meyerland is closed for the next two weeks, including next week’s spring break.

The Joy School in the Museum District is closed for the next two weeks, including next week’s spring break.

Texas A&M has suspended classes until March 18.

Prairie View A&M has suspended classes until Monday, March 23, the university announced via Twitter. Faculty and staff are still required to report to work.

The University of Texas at Austin has extended Spring Break with plans to finish the semester with 100% online courses.

Hospitals:

The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston has updated its visitor policies; patients are permitted two visitors 18 years or older and only healthy visitors are allowed to accompany patients in ambulances or for outpatient procedures, UT authorities said.

The Veterans Administration canceled all scheduled Friday and Saturday veterans legal clinics held at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) until further notice, according to an official press release.

Community Meetings:

Lakewood Church canceled public services this weekend, instead opting to broadcast the events online in the wake of the public health emergency declaration in Houston, according to a Facebook post from the church.

The city’s remaining Capital Improvement Project (CIP) meetings have been cancelled. The meetings will be rescheduled for a later date, according to an official tweet.

The Alief-Westwood Complete Communities meeting scheduled for this evening has been cancelled in light of Mayor Turner’s announcement about the cancellation of city-sponsored meetings due to public safety concern. The meeting will be held at a later date, according to an official tweet.

Events:

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is cancelled for the remainder of the 2020 season.

The Tour de Houston is cancelled.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has canceled or postponed all city-sponsored or permitted events through the end of March.

The Bayou City Arts Festival has been postponed.

All Overwatch League events scheduled for March and April are cancelled, the organization said via Twitter.

The Japan Festival will be postponed, according to a Facebook post from the organization.

NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will not be open to the general public. This includes a stop at Houston’s Toyota Center for the South Regional.

The city of Tomball and Tomball German Heritage Festival announced the three-day festival slated for March 27-29 has been canceled amid efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It will not be rescheduled.

The event with Robert Reich on April 6 has been cancelled according to an official email. All ticket buyers will receive an automatic, immediate refund, including fees.

The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival, scheduled April 4 and 5, was postponed.

Levy Park and the Levy Park Conservancy have canceled all events and park programming through March 31 including:

St. Patrick’s Day Festival (3/15)

Spring Break at Levy Park (3/16-3/20)

Recurring programs including: Zumba, Yoga, H.I.I.T, Body Barre, Bollywood/Bhangra Dancing Class, Family Storytime, Tai Chi, Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS), Young Audiences of Houston (YAH), Children’s Bingo, Houston Center for Photography Workshops, Public Piano Play, and Goodies from the Garden.

Table Tennis, the Reading Room, Foosball, the Arts and Games Carts, Imagination Playground, and Levy Park Water Feature will be closed.

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