CONNECTICUT (WTNH) — A long list of events around the state have been canceled or postponed due to the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden has closed its tower indefinitely. Officials say with the narrow hallways and ramp inside the tower, they’re not allowing visitors to social distance adequately.
Both Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos have closed operations on Tuesday, March 17. they will be closed for at least two weeks.
In collaboration with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, MGM Springfield will temporarily suspend gaming operations by the morning of Sunday, March 15, followed by the temporary closure of its hotel operations.
It is anticipated they will remain closed for 15 days at which time the status will be re-evaluated. All scheduled promotions and events are postponed until further notice.
Malls across the state will close by 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19.
The Connecticut Mission of Mercy, a free dental clinic for the public, will not open Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 in Danbury. Nearly 1,500 dentists and medical volunteers give their time to help thousands of patients who cannot afford dental care. The clinic will be rescheduled later this summer or early fall depending on the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus.
Salons, Massage Therapy, Tattoo Shops
All cosmetology establishments and tattoo establishments operating in Hamden, North Haven, Woodbridge, and Bethany were ordered to close by March 18 until further notice.
All cosmetology establishments and tattoo establishments operating in Norwalk were ordered to close by 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19.
Massage Therapy establishments in Branford, East Haven and North Branford are ordered to close until further notice.
Make-A-Wish America says they have postponed all Make-A-Wish events and trips that involve large gatherings in an effort to protect the kids in its program. The Connecticut chapter has postponed 39 out of the current 109 pending wishes for their kids in the state.
Make-A-Wish will be launching a new national campaign on Friday to call attention to the kids waiting for their wishes to come true.
Seniors at UConn will not walk across the stage at commencement this year, the school announced on Tuesday, March 17 that the event is canceled. It’s unclear at this time when it will be rescheduled, but classes remain online for the rest of this semester. Students who have left campus will be contacted to get their belongings from their residence halls.
Central Connecticut State University says they will not be canceling commencement — instead, it will be postponed. With approval from the CCSU president, Central is now combining its spring commencement with December ceremonies.
All jury trials, civil and criminal, in state courts are suspended for 30 days — minus current cases in progress.
The Connecticut Department of Correction is suspending all social visits to its facilities across the state starting Friday, March 13. Volunteers are prohibited from entering the institutions.
Yale/New Haven area
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History and Yale University Art Gallery are closing to the public until April 15. The Yale Center for British Art is closed until further notice, and Yale Repertory also said it has canceled its final two productions of the season.
Yale-New Haven Hospital is limiting visitors and their access to patients. They will also be changing the visitation policies for outpatient facilities as well. A hospital representative says the changes will be effective immediately and they are:
- Only one visitor per patient will be allowed at any time. Visiting hours will be strictly enforced.
- Visitors must be age 18 and over.
- Do not visit if you have the following symptoms: fever, cough, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, chills.
- Do not visit if you have traveled internationally within the last 14 days.
- All visitors will be screened regarding possible symptoms and recent travel.
The annual Cherry Blossom Festival has been canceled.
IKEA closed Monday, March 16 at 9 p.m. and will remain closed until further notice. The manager says workers will receive pay and benefits during the closure.
The city of Bridgeport is closing government buildings and suspending non-essential services. Only the mayor’s office will remain open with limited staff. Police, fire and emergency services will not be impacted either.
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is canceling this weekend’s performances of Dvorak’s Eighth. Also, the performance of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” on March 28th will be rescheduled.
Savory Sounds, which was supposed to happen May 3 has been postponed. A reschedule date will be announced soon.
Performances of Enigma Variations initially set for May 8 – 10 have been canceled altogether.
The May 16 performance of the Empire Strikes Back has been rescheduled for October 30.
City offices will be closed in Hartford on Monday, March 16 and are set to reopen on Wednesday, March 18 with limited services. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said Sunday the city is finalizing preparations for upcoming limited functions of city services. Remote work will be done where possible. “Public safety services” will operate as regularly scheduled.
Saint Francis Hospital, Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, and Johnson Memorial Hospital, all members of Trinity Health Of New England will be closed to visitors starting March 16 with the exception of compassionate visits, with a limit of one visitor per patient. Compassionate visits include:
- Labor & Delivery
- Hospice Care
- Pediatric Care
- A companion for outpatient surgeries, procedures, and facilitation of care
East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc has announced all town buildings, including the East Hartford Town Hall will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 16 at noon.
The Newington Food Bank reached out to News 8 to say they are closed until further notice.
Portuguese Holy Ghost Society (PHGS) in Stonington has canceled their Fish and Chips until further notice.
The Connecticut Spring Boat Show has now been canceled due to the pandemic. People who planned to attend are asked to donate to Sails Up 4 Cancer.
Due to Governor Ned Lamont’s ban on large crowds due to coronavirus spread concerns, Meriden has decided to cancel the upcoming Daffodil Festival at Hubbard Park originally set for April 25-26.
Saint Mary’s Hospital
In a press release, St. Mary’s Hospital reported that “as a result of the evolving health concern of COVID-19 in the state and surrounding states, Saint Mary’s Hospital has implemented new restrictions on visitation, effective March 15, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. These restrictions are in place for the protection of our patients and colleagues.”
Saint Mary’s Hospital will be closed to visitors, with the exception of compassionate visits, with a limit of one visitor per patient.
Compassionate visits include:
- Labor & Delivery
- Vitas Healthcare
- Pediatric Care
New London Area
Norwich Arts Center will close the theatre and gallery to the public until April 13.
The New London City Clerk’s Office will be closed to the general public until further notice. The following changes have been made:
- Births – All request to obtain birth records will be handled and processed by mail
- Marriages – All request for marriage records will be handled and processed by mail. To obtain a marriage license call (860) 447-5205 to make an appointment.
- Deaths – All death records will be filed Per C.G.S. until further notice.
- Vault research or Title Search will be conducted through online format.
Libraries and Museums
All Hartford Public Library locations will be closed to the public from Saturday, March 14 through March 31. All workshops, outreach, classes, and programs are canceled through the end of the month. Online resources through the Hartford Public Library system are available here.
The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport announced Friday it is closing down until further notice. The Museum also announced Friday “Soon, we will be launching an online site that includes new opportunities for remote engagement with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning activities for students and families. There will be more information to come on this front in the next two weeks.”
The Archdiocese of Hartford announced Monday that all Masses are canceled until April 3. Other details on changes being enacted by the Archdiocese can be found here.
Trinity Baptist Church in New Haven is going online for the foreseeable future. For more information: http://www.trinity-baptist.org/coronavirus
The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk will close through March 29. Currently, no staff, volunteers, or visitors have been exposed to the virus.
Mystic Aquarium closed temporarily starting, Monday, March 16.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will temporarily close, effective Tuesday, March 17, as a health precaution. All education and public programs are canceled or postponed.
St. Patrick’s Day Parades
- Danbury’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Canceled
- Milford’s St. Patrick’ Day Parade, March 14 — Canceled
- New London St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 15 — Canceled
- Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 17 — Canceled
- Essex Go Bragh Parade, March 21 — Scheduled as planned.
- Meriden’s St. Patrick’s Parade, March 21 — Postponed; Rescheduled for May 16, 2020.
- Greenwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 22 — Scheduled as planned.
- Mystic Irish Parade, March 22 — Postponed; Rescheduled for Sunday, October 25, 2020.
- Norwalk St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 14 — Canceled
- New Haven Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, March 15 – Postponed