LIST: Arkansas closings, schedule changes over coronavirus concerns

Coronavirus

Update:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Postponements and cancellations continue across Arkansas amid the coronavirus crisis.

These have been coming in since Governor Asa Hutchinson ordered school closures in four Central Arkansas counties before extending that to all schools across the state.

NOTE: Meals for LRSD students to continue during school closure

The state’s universities and colleges have gone to online only classes through the end of the semester, as follows:

University of Arkansas suspends in-person classes, will begin all-online course delivery starting March 16 and continuing through the remainder of the semester.

UA Little Rock – effectively immediately, face-to-face classes will migrate to online – until further notice. On-campus events canceled through April 30 unless written authorization is granted by the vice chancellor.

University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service all classes will be moved online. Public events scheduled for the remainder of the spring semester, including Clinton School Speaker Series programs and the National Community Philanthropy Conference, have been cancelled or postponed with hopes to reschedule during the 2020-21 academic year.

Clinton Presidential Center: Suspending operations through April 30, 2020. The Clinton Library’s permanent and temporary exhibits, the research room, Clinton Museum Store, and 42 bar and table will be closed. As a result of the closing, the following events have been postponed: March 23 – 27 | Spring Break activities, March 30 | Little Rock School District’s One District, One Book, One Community culminating event and conversation with Zoo Atlanta’s Jodi Carrigan; April 1 | Future Leaders Student Forum, April 10 | Global Youth Service Day, April 19 | Curbside Couture.

Arkansas State University (all-campus trial of online class delivery for next Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18. All classes will meet as scheduled on Monday, March 16). Following this online trial, Arkansas State will return from Spring Break in online classroom delivery starting Monday, March 30.

UCA classes canceled March 13-16. Courses transition to online only on March 17. Click here for full details.

Hendrix College (Conway) In-person classes will be canceled as of Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m. for the remainder of the semester. Monday, March 16: College-owned housing will close at 5 p.m. for the remainder of the semester. Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20: In-person classes will be canceled, and faculty training will be held for the transition to remote learning. Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27: The College’s Spring Break will continue as planned. Monday, March 30: Remote courses will begin, along with academic advising and registration for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Arkansas Tech University will continue its current policy of virtual instruction for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester and postpone its spring 2020 commencement ceremonies, which were scheduled for May 7-9.

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (through March 30). Southeast Arkansas College (Pine Bluff) – closed through Sunday, March 15. Instruction is limited to online only, but the campus is NOT closed, administrative offices are open.

Southern Arkansas University Magnolia campus has cancelled all face-to-face classes scheduled for the week of March 16-20 prior to spring break March 23-27. Course delivery shifts fully online beginning March 30 through the remainder of the semester.

Pulaski Technical College – in-person classes canceled March 12-29, college continues to provide online learning and staff offices remain open.

UAM, UAM-Crossett and UAM-McGehee- all classes moved online only, student activities canceled until at least March 30.

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith: no on-campus classes from 5 p.m. Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 29. A decision to move classes online will not be made until Wednesday, March 26, with the hopes that students can return to campus Monday, March 30.

Shorter College: Full-time faculty and staff will report to work during normal operating hours. Faculty will also adhere to regularly scheduled office hours. Professors and instructors will communicate with students via email and Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) starting March 13, 2020. During this time, students are required to complete assignments within the allotted time. All student events are canceled until further notice. Classes are scheduled to resume on March 30, 2020.

Philander Smith College has made the decision to move from in-person class instruction to a hybrid remote approach effective Monday, March 23rd until further notice. Students will be on Spring Break as scheduled March 16 – 20. The following week (beginning March 23), the Spring Semester will resume with classes offered remotely – a hybrid model that will employ a mix of online and other remote capabilities. During the suspension of in-person classes, the campus will remain operational for staff and faculty. The 2020 Founder’s Day Celebration, which was to take place March 26, has been postponed. In conjunction, the leadership of the PSC-National Alumni Association is rescheduling its 64th Alumni Convention that was scheduled for March 26 – 29 in Little Rock.

Below, find schedule changes/closures for other facilities and events.

CITIES/COUNTIES:

North Little Rock: Mayor Joe Smith mandates the closing of restaurants and bars across the city for dine-in service. Carryout, curbside pickup, and delivery will be allowed to continue and are encouraged. Also, the lobbies of City Hall and City Services are closed and NLRPD Headquarters will be closed except for the front desk. This will not affect police patrols or services. As of March 20, offices will be closed and services will be done by the drive-through in the case of City Services, online, and by phone until further notice. City Hall staff may be reached at the following phone numbers: City Clerk/Treasurer (501) 975-8617, Mayor’s Office (501) 975-8601, Communications (501) 975-8833, Fit2Live (501) 975-8780. Planning Office (501) 975-8865, Finance (501) 975-8800. All city services will still be provided by phone or electronically.

Maumelle: The Community Center and the building at Park on the River are closed until further notice. Outdoor parks and recreation facilities remain open and the public is encouraged to use those outdoor facilities while still exercising social distancing. City Hall, including Maumelle District Court, is closed to the public. Individuals or businesses needing services provided within the building can be served by calling City Hall at (501) 851-2500 or Maumelle District Court at (501) 851-7800. The Public Works building is closed to the public but can be reached by phone at (501) 851-2812. Note: sanitation services will continue as usual. Such services include trash, recycling, and yard waste pickup. For the time being, the transfer station will continue to be open at its regularly scheduled times. The Maumelle Center on the Lake is closed to the public. However, the Café remains open for carry out-service. The Maumelle Police Department is on Priority Dispatch Protocols. Individuals are requested to call (501) 851-1337 for non-emergencies and, as always, dial 911 for emergencies only.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office: all in-person jail visitation has been suspended.

Hot Springs Convention Center, including Bank OZK Arena, closed to the public.

Hot Springs Police Department lobby temporarily closed. If you need to speak with an officer, there is a call button inside the foyer and one of employees will assist you. If you need an accident or incident report, you can call 501-321-6789 and ask to speak with a Records Clerk.

Rock Region METRO is modifying public transit bus service beginning Friday, March 20.

Greenbrier – the Fire Department and other city officers are on a Level 2 Lockdown. There will be NO public access to the Fire Station until further notice. If you need assistance call the police department at 501-679-3105, the fire department at 501-679-2345 or if it’s an emergency dial 911.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office issues response to COVID-19

Jefferson County Clerk encourages voting by absentee ballot for March 31 runoff election.

Cleveland County curfew for individuals under the age of 18 is in effect between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., until further notice.

City of Jacksonville buildings will be closed to the general public effective Wednesday, March 18th until March 30th. Jacksonville Police Department will be closed to the general public. As normal, officers will respond to emergency situations and traffic accidents. For non-emergencies, please call 982-3191 between 8 am – 5 pm. After 5 pm, call 985-2802. Regular sanitation routes will continue. Curbside pickup of recycling will be suspended until March 30. The Recycling Center will also be closed. The Jacksonville Animal Shelter will be closed to the public. If your pet is picked up during this time, you will be able to claim them by calling 982-2916. City employees may be reached by phone and email. For a listing of departments, phone numbers and email addresses, please visit www.cityofjacksonville.net.

Faulkner County and City of Conway District Court plea and arraignment cases set for Monday, March 23, will be moved to Wednesday, May 20th at 8:30 a.m. Traffic and Criminal Trials set for March 24th and March 26th and the Small Claims and Civil Dockets scheduled for March 25th are continued to new dates that the parties will be notified by the Court of their new time.

LRPD will have restricted access to their buildings starting March 18. Anyone visiting must complete a screening form before entering.

Little Rock mayor orders city facilities closed, 12AM to 5AM curfew to start March 18. Note: Officers will still be enforcing traffic laws when appropriate, but they WILL NOT solely stop a vehicle for curfew violation.

Starting at 8 a.m. Friday, March 20, Little Rock restaurants can provide only takeout, curbside and home delivery.

North Little Rock mayor issues emergency proclamation

Pine Bluff City Hall closed through March 20

Pulaski County Buildings: Restricted access to the Pulaski County Administration Building, Prosecutor’s Office, Pulaski County Regional Building (Bale Building), Pulaski County Courthouse and the Juvenile District Court Complex through March 31. Access is granted only to county employees, elected officials, judges, court officers, law enforcement and state employees who work for the courts and Prosecutor’s Office.

Pulaski County 2nd Division Circuit Court (Judge Chris Piazza) jury orientation scheduled for Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20, 2020 has been canceled.

Faulkner County government offices closed.

The Sherwood District court postpones all First Appearances and trials (Traffic, Criminal, Civil and Small Claims), until after April 15. If you have a case in Sherwood, please contact the court at (501) 835-0898 to get a new court date.

NLR COMMUNITY CENTERS: The City of North Little Rock is closing all community centers, adult fitness centers, The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, and the Hays Senior Citizens Center effective Thursday evening at 8. The facilities will remain closed until at least March 30.

City of Jacksonville will close all indoor Parks and Recreation facilities to include the Community Center, Martin Street Youth Center, and Shooting Range. Furthermore, all athletic programs are postponed to include practices.

EVENTS:

The Hip Hop in the Rock, scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Simmons Bank Arena has been postponed and will be rescheduled. We ask that our fans retain their tickets as they will be honored on the new dates.

Arkansas National Guard postpones April drill, annual training through May 11.

NF at Simmons Bank Arena on April 9 has been rescheduled to Friday, July 17. Your ticket will be honored for the rescheduled date.

Arkansas Italian Food & Cultural Festival that was set for April 24-26 on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center has been rescheduled to the weekend of September 25-27, 2020.

2020 Ragin’ Cajun Bash, benefitting CARTI and scheduled for April 30, has been postponed until April 2021.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, originally scheduled for March 28-29 at Robinson Performance Hall, has been postponed.

Catholic High Junktique Sale (Little Rock) was scheduled for April 4 but has been moved to June 13.

Disney On Ice presents Dream Big scheduled on April 2-5, 2020 at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock has been canceled. The dates will not be rescheduled.

River City Men’s Chorus concerts scheduled for April 19, 20 and 23 are canceled.

Diamond Chef Arkansas rescheduled for Oct. 15

ProtectARVoices event planned for Saturday, March 21, to speak out against the “Petition Killer” amendment has been postponed. This is only a postponement and the planned event will be rescheduled as soon as events allow.

TobyMac concert set for March 13 at Simmons Bank Arena postponed until August 14.

CHER concert at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock that was set for March 14 is postponed to September 20.

High school basketball: Remainder of the AAA Basketball Finals are postponed until further notice.

Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA will cancel some upcoming events and reschedule others for the 2020-21 season. The following performances will be affected. “Celtic Angels Ireland,” originally scheduled for March 16, is being rescheduled for the 2020-21 season. “Yamato Drummers of Japan,” originally scheduled for March 18, is being cancelled. “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” originally scheduled for April 9, is being rescheduled for the 2020-21 season.

The First Ever 17th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, in downtown Hot Springs, has been postponed.

Baby Shark Live! April 19 performance at Simmons Bank Arena will be rescheduled for a later date.

OTHER:

CARTI: Effective March 23, North Little Rock medical and surgical oncology appointments will be moving to the CARTI Cancer Center in Little Rock, located at 8901 CARTI Way. Radiation oncology patients will remain being seen in North Little Rock. Additionally, construction on the new CARTI Cancer Center in North Little Rock has been expedited with the opening date for medical and surgical oncology services to occur on Monday, April 6, two weeks ahead of the original date of April 20. To align with local and state mandates, The Hope Bistro at the CARTI Cancer Center in Little Rock will suspend dine-in service. Grab and go options are available for pickup for patients and staff only. No outside visitors are allowed at this time.

Denny’s restaurants in Arkansas are open daily from 7am – 10pm for carryout and (free) delivery only.

A routine inspection discovered a need to close the James Street Overpass crossing Highway 67/167 in Jacksonville until maintenance work can be completed. Crews closed the overpass on Wednesday afternoon, March 18. The overpass will remain closed until maintenance work can be completed. Due to overnight travel restrictions implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Arkansas, ARDOT crews cannot begin the repair work until the public health crisis in Arkansas subsides. Additional information will be released once the repair work is scheduled.

Fayetteville mayor has implemented new restrictions on bars and restaurants. Effective immediately, they are required to observe an occupancy rate of no more than 50% of that set by the fire marshal. They will also be required to space tables and barstools at least six-feet apart and limit party sizes to fewer than 10 people, as recommended by the CDC.

Secretary of State John Thurston is ordering the closure of the Arkansas State Capitol to the public, effective Friday, March 13, 2020. Only authorized personnel will be permitted to enter the building for work purposes.

Arkansas National Guard: Army graduations, visitations closed to families, public. Includes Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training. Effective immediately at all Army locations where training occurs. Recommends parents and loved ones not purchase tickets to visit their Soldiers at BCT, AIT.

CHI St. Vincent (Little Rock) announced new guidelines for hospital visitors and has paused volunteer programs. Effective immediately, visitors will be limited to two (2) immediate family visitors per hospitalized patient, per day.

Baptist Health has restrictions for people entering facilities for purposes other than to receive medical care or visit a patient or family member. Visitors wishing to see patients will be limited to patient rooms only. All visitors must remain in the patient’s room or they will be asked kindly to leave the building. In addition, Baptist Health is suspending access to all common areas such as public waiting rooms and hospital cafeterias, which will only be available for hospital employees to get food.

Pulaski County Administration Building at 201 S. Broadway in Little Rock is closed to visitors and will remained closed until further notice.

Bryant Boys and Girls Club will be closed starting tomorrow, March 13 & will reopen Monday, March 30.

Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church (Little Rock) – Worship services for Friday, March 13 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 15 at 9 and 11 a.m. as well as the St. Luke Campus 9:30 a.m. service are cancelled. Also, Raney Lecture Series this weekend with Dr. L. Gregory Jones, Dean of Duke Divinity School postponed.

Fellowship Bible Church (Little Rock) Sunday, March 15 services online only at 9am, 11am or 5pm. ALL OTHER CHURCH EVENTS are CANCELED through March 29.

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has suspended programs, outreach, and use of public meeting rooms effective immediately through the end of March.

Oaklawn Park statement

Southland Casino Racing (West Memphis) closed at 6 a.m. March 17 until further notice.

Saracen Annex Casino (Pine Bluff) closed through the end of March.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District has closed Table Rock Lake’s Dewey Short Visitor Center, Greers Ferry Lake’s William Carl Garner Visitor Center, and the River Valley Visitor Center located at the Russellville Site Office.

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