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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, News 3 is On Your Side with a running list of cancellations, postponements and closings here in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry. From schools and sports to local events, take a look through the changes below.
St. Patrick’s Day festivities
- Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival have been postponed
- Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been postponed
- Tybee Island St. Patrick’s Day parade postponed
- The Richmond Hill Bryan County Chamber of Commerce Member, Fun Travels, has canceled its St. Patrick’s Day Shuttle
- CAT has canceled St. Patrick’s Day shuttles and schedules regular service
- Old Savannah Tours will not be having the Tybee shuttle St. Pat’s weekend or Tuesday
Governor Brian Kemp ordered all public elementary, secondary and post-secondary public schools in Georgia to close Wednesday, March 18 to Tuesday, March 31. In the Coastal Empire, this includes:
- Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
- Schools are closed for spring break through Friday, March 20 and will remain out through Wednesday, April 1. SCCPSS plans to return to class on Thursday, April 2.
- Appling County Schools
- Bacon County Schools
- Bryan County Schools
- Bulloch County Schools
- Bulloch County Schools Employee Recruitment Fair, set for March 21, is postponed until further notice.
- Candler County Schools
- Effingham County School District
- Evans County School System
- Glynn County Public Schools
- Distance and online learning will begin for students on Wednesday, March 18 and continue through Friday, April 3. Classes will tentatively resume Monday, April 13.
- Jeff Davis County School System
- Liberty County School System
- Long County Schools
- Athletes still allowed to attend optional practices but school officials said this is subject to change
- McIntosh County Schools will be closed starting Tuesday, March 17th until April 13th.
- Montgomery County Schools
- Screven County School System
- Tattnall County Schools
- School and district activities also canceled or postponed after Friday, March 13, including outside groups who may have been scheduled to meet at Tattnall County’s schools
- Toombs County School System
- Wayne County School System
- Bulloch Academy closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27; implementing online learning
- Trinity Christian School in Statesboro has canceled classes for two weeks. Headmaster David Lattner sent a lengthy message out explaining possible coronavirus exposure to students. Read more here.
- Ash Tree Learning Center Academy in Savannah will close Monday, March 20 through Friday, April 1. School staff are expected to return Thursday, April 2, while students are due to return on Monday, April 6.
- Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) closes campus and will transition to distance learning on March 24 after spring break through the end of the school year.
Colleges and universities
- The University System of Georgia has suspended classes for two weeks. This includes:
- Savannah State University
- Georgia Southern University
- East Georgia State College
- Georgia Southern University has cancelled all public events during the spring semester. Spring 2020 commencement has also been cancelled.
- The Savannah College of Art and Design announced all spring quarter classes will be offered online only at their Savannah, Atlanta and Lacoste campuses. This includes spring commencement ceremonies.
- Saint Leo University’s Savannah Education Center classes will move online beginning Monday, March 16
- Savannah Technical College extends spring break until March 28; closes all campuses and suspends activities for the next two weeks. Beginning March 30, the college anticipates moving all classes online.
South Carolina schools and universities
- Governor Henry McMaster ordered the closure of all public education, K-12 and higher education, effective Monday, March 16 through the end of the month. In the Lowcountry, this includes:
- University of South Carolina Beaufort: Spring break is extended March 16-21 and will transition from in-person instruction to online instruction March 23-April 5.
- All fully-online courses continue as scheduled.
- Residence halls will close on Tuesday, March 17, at 5 p.m. and will remain closed through Sunday, April 5.
- Augusta National postponed the Masters
- The Sun Belt men’s and women’s basketball championships have been canceled
- SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament canceled in Nashville.
- NCAA canceled its men’s and women’s March Madness basketball tournaments
- Korn Ferry Tour’s Savannah Golf Championship has been canceled
- Chatham County Little League will implement a temporary suspension of all league activities until April 6 at the recommendation of Little League International
- South Carolina Independent School Association has suspended all interscholastic athletics from Sunday, March 15 through Friday, April 3
- All sporting events, practices, special events and public gatherings have been canceled for Effingham County indefinitely
Groups, organizations and events
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah will not hold public Masses, effective immediately. Details on broadcasts and livestreams here.
- March 20-22 Savannah Boat Show dates have been canceled
- America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia has canceled volunteer packing of brown bags for the elderly scheduled for Saturday, March 21. Packing will be completed by staff.
- Savannah Music Festival, which was set to start on March 26, has been canceled
- Telfair Museums’ Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, Telfair Academy and the Jepson Center will close through March 31
- The Deep Center has paused its in-person programming. Where possible, they’ll continue programs using remote technology
- The Savannah Philharmonic postponed the Germanic Passion and rescheduled it for Saturday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts
- The Children of the Holocaust art exhibit has been canceled on both Saturday (AME Bluffton) and Sunday (Beth Yam Temple)
- 26th Annual Parade of Homes Tour in conjunction with the 35th Annual Lowcountry Home & Garden Show postponed until at least May 15
- Hilton Head Wingfest 25, benefiting The Carmines Family Recreation Scholarship Fund, postponed until May 2
- Cirque du Soleil’s OVO performances from April 8 to 12 at Savannah’s Martin Luther King Jr Arena have been canceled. Ticket buyers will be refunded; contact 1-877-9-CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783) for further questions
- Men of Liberty City, Inc. has canceled its fish fry scheduled March 21; refunds will be made. Organizers are considering possible dates to reschedule.
- Gullah Museum of Hilton Head’s All You Can Eat Oyster Roast postponed
- American Cruise Lines, which stops in Beaufort, has canceled cruises through March 22.
- One of their ships will dock at Waterfront Park in Beaufort beginning March 14 with a minimal crew. The ship will have no passengers.
- Safe Harbor Marinas, which manages the Beaufort Marina, gave permission for the ship to dock, in coordination with City Manager Bill Prokop.
- City of Savannah’s Golden Age, Therapeutic and Adult Day Care Programs will suspend normal operations beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice
- Savannah African Art Museum will close immediately through March 21. All museum exhibits, galleries, and tours are closed and all public programs and outreach efforts are on hold.
- Asbury Memorial Church has suspended all activities and services until further notice. This includes the Asbury Theatre Company’s production of Man of La Mancha, which was set for March 13, 14 and 15.
- USO suspended all operations Friday, March 13, until further notice. This includes the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport location.
- Society of Bluffton Artists gallery will be closed until March 30. Mary Ann Browning Ford’s April featured artist exhibit, “Ordinary Things Can Be Beautiful in the Eye of the Beholder,” and opening reception in April has been canceled as well.
- Savannah Orchid Show has been postponed; organizers considering the possibility of rescheduling.
- The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is closed through April 12. All tours, educational programs and events through April 30 are cancelled.
- United Way of the Coastal Empire will close all offices, but services will remain available. Individuals in need of help can call 211.
- Bull Street Library will close on Wednesday, March 18.
- City of Beaufort and Beaufort County have undertaken measures to “better protect the public” and employees, including a number of closings. Visit here for more information.
- Chatham County suspending all jury trials for at least the next three weeks. No one who has summons for jury duty for the weeks of March 16, 23 and 30 should appear.
- Visitation at all Georgia Department of Corrections facilities has been suspended through April 10. Offenders will continue to have access to their loved ones via mail, phone calls, and GOAL devices.
- Hiring events canceled through April 14
- South Carolina Department of Corrections has suspended visitation statewide for 30 days
- Savannah’s Recreation and Leisure Services Department canceled a hiring event scheduled for Saturday, March 14. For new application details, visit here.
- The Effingham Senior Center will be closing its doors starting March 19th and continuing until April 20th. ALL home delivery meals will continue as scheduled.
- Garden City Municipal Court operations suspended for 30 days. The following court dates have been rescheduled: March 18 and 25 to April 29; April 1 and 8 to May 6. Anyone with information on court matters can call 912-963-2708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- City Hall in Garden City is closed to public access beginning Thursday, March 19. Water bills and traffic citations can be paid online or via drop box (located behind city hall and at the Senior Center).
- City of Rincon has canceled the following: Planning and Zoning meeting March 17, Rincon City Council meeting March 23, municipal court March 26; all community events, tournaments and practices until after spring break (possibly resuming in mid-April
- The City of Savannah will close all community and resource centers and the Cultural Arts Center to the public on Wednesday, March 18 until further notice. If you’ve registered and paid for a class at the Cultural Arts Center or paid for a facility rental at any community center, please contact the center for refund information.
- Chatham County Parks and Recreation will close the Anderson-Cohen Weightlifting Center and the Aquatic Center on March 19 until further notice. All parks and the Henderson Golf Course remain open.
- Bulloch County will limit or discontinue public access to buildings and facilities during normal hours on March 19 through March 25.
- All Housing Authority of Savannah offices will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 23. Business will be done over the phone Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Neighborhood Resource Center: Administrative Office (912-235-5800) Assisted Housing Programs Office (912-235-5844)
- Pickens Patterson Terrace, Single Family Homes and Horace Stillwell Towers: 912-235-5835
- Simon Frazier Homes and SCB Kayton, LLC: 912-235-5820
- Yamacraw Village: 912-235-5825
- All Effingham County administration offices are closed to the public, but some are available by appointment. The April 7 Board of Commissioners meeting and the March 23 and April 17 Planning Board meetings have been cancelled.