UPDATE: Gov. Mike DeWine has issued a stay at home order that will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23. The order will stay in effect for two weeks, until April 6. It means you have to stay home except for essential activities.
CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Concerns surrounding the potential spread have impacted almost every aspect of our lives. Here is what we know about closures and cancellations in the Tri-State. We will add and change information as it is updated daily. You should also check with your school, church, employer, etc.
- All Cincinnati Public Schools will be closed on Monday, March 16
- Kenton County School District will be closed beginning March 16 and resume March 30
- Campbell County, Boone and Kenton County schools are closed for two weeks beginning on March 16
- Grant County is closed on March 16 until April 10
- Newport Independent Schools will discontinue in-person classes beginning Monday, March 16. For now, students should plan on returning to school Monday, March 30
Universities and Colleges
Universities and colleges in the area that have canceled in-person classes include:
- University of Cincinnati has extended remote instruction for classes through the end of the semester
- Spring 2020 commencement postponed
- Miami University has canceled in-person classes for the rest of the semester and will move to remote instruction
- Commencement ceremony on May 16 canceled
- Mount St. Joseph (Starting Monday, March 16)
- Ohio University has suspended in-person instruction and will move to remote instruction through the end of the spring semester
- Ohio State University says beginning Monday, March 23, instruction will be virtual for the remainder of the spring semester.
- Wright State University (Through March 30 at least)
- Xavier University will move to remote learning format for all courses for the duration of the spring semester.
- Commencement postponed
- Northern Kentucky University is moving from face-to-face classes to online delivery through the end of the semester.
- University of Kentucky moving to online or alternative formats for the rest of the semester.
- Commencement is being postponed and will be rescheduled
- University of Dayton (Through at least March 30)
- Art Academy of Cincinnati (Until further notice)
- Cincinnati State has extended remote instruction to the end of the semester, May 4.
Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that children in all K-12 schools - public, private and charter - will have an extended spring break of three weeks starting at the end of the school day on Monday, March 16. Some schools are canceling classes on Friday, March 13 as well. Check with your school for their plan details. The governor’s order does not apply to daycare centers and home-based childcare providers.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center - Starting Monday, March 16, inpatients will be limited to two people visiting--inclusive of parents. No siblings or visitors under 18, except for parent/guardians, will be allowed while these guidelines are in place. Exceptions will be made for patients in end-of-life care on an individual basis.
Cincinnati Children’s is also postponing and rescheduling all elective surgeries
- Urgent care will close Monday evening, March 23
- Northern Kentucky
The Operating Room at the Liberty Campus is temporarily closed for surgeries, including add-on cases. Any necessary procedures scheduled will take place in the Burnet Campus OR and urgent add-on cases will be transferred.
As of March 25, Cincinnati Children’s will start screening parents, visitors and employees before they enter patient-care areas at Burnet Campus.
Parents, visitors and employees will have to answer two questions:
- In the past 24 hours, have you had a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat or body aches?
- In the past 24 hours have you had a fever of 100.4 F (38.0 C) or above?
Along with answering the questions, the person’s temperature will be taken. Those who do not pass the screening will not be allowed in patient care areas.
If a single parent is with a child for an urgent visit but does not pass the screening, the parent will be given a mask and allowed to go ahead to the urgent appointment.
As of March 23, UC Health’s two acute care hospitals - UC Medical Center and West Chester Hospital - will no longer visitors. Exceptions:
- In cases where visitor restriction will produce an undue hardship for the patient or family
- In cases where the restriction is detrimental to the care of the patient
- In those instances, one visitor may be permitted at the discretion of the nurse manager and/or medical director. They will be screened upon entrance.
Visitors are encouraged to use video chat on their personal devices to connect patients with other friends or family who are not permitted to visit.
Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care and Bridgeway Pointe have previously stopped allowing visitors due to their patient populations.
Christ Hospital is restricting visitors to The Christ Hospital main campus, (2139 Auburn Ave., Cincinnati) and our Liberty Township campus (6939 Cox Rd., Liberty Township). Exceptions may be made for:
- A single individual responsible for transporting a patient coming for a procedure or being discharged from the hospital
- A single designated partner or primary caretaker for mothers delivering babies
- End-of-life situations.
Mercy Health is asking people not to visit their facilities, including senior services and long-term care locations. For mother/baby and pediatric patients, visitors are limited to a designated partner of primary caretaker/guardian (only one at a time). Exemptions will be considered based on end-of-life situations or when a visitor is essential for the patient’s emotional well-being and care.
- No visitors under the age of 14
- No visitors who have recently traveled outside the country will be allowed in the building.
- One visitor at a time allowed in patient care areas.
- No one with symptoms of COVID allowed in patient care areas. Symptoms include fever, cough, respiratory symptoms.
- All visitors much check-in at nurse’s stations and use hand sanitizer upon entry of the patient care area.
- No siblings allowed on OB floors.
- No students allowed in any patient care areas
St. Elizabeth Healthcare is restricting all visitors to all St. Elizabeth hospitals unless:
- A single designated partner or primary caretaker for mothers delivering babies.
- No visitors under age 14, which includes siblings of a newborn.
- End-of-life situations
- Patients are limited to one visitor at a time.
- No visitors under age 14.
- Visitors are not permitted to see patients if they exhibit any respiratory illness symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, etc.
- Visitors are not permitted if they have traveled internationally within the past 14 days.
- A single individual responsible for transporting a patient coming for a procedure or being discharged from the hospital.
St. Elizabeth is also suspending Volunteer Services on Wednesday, March 18.
Kettering Health Network will implement visitor instructions on Monday, March 16, at 9 a.m.
- No visitation by anyone who is ill with seasonal flu or COVID-19 symptoms including shortness of breath, coughing, fever, chills, headache, vomiting, sore throat, muscle aches or diarrhea.
- No visitation by anyone under the age of 14.
- Patients will be allowed one visitor per day, as long as that person is over the age of 14. Exceptions include:
- Maternity patients may have one partner and one birth support person, for a total of two visitors.
- Patients who require assistance due to mobility, interpretation or healthcare decision making may have one additional support person, for a total of two visitors.
- Emergency Department patients may have one support person.
- Surgical or procedural patients may have one visitor.
- Exceptions can be made for end-of-life situations and other special circumstances will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Cincinnati VA Medical Center Is not allowing visitors/general public into its facilities except for those directly assisting or caring for a Veteran to include any end of life care. Additionally, they are not allowing any visitors under the age of 16.
The Archdiocese of Covington has suspended public weekday and Sunday Masses in every parish church, every chapel, and oratory, in every religious house, in any of its institutions effective Friday, March 20 until further notice.
Dining out, restaurants and bars
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb have ordered all bars and restaurants to close
Restaurants are still allowed to be open for carry-out and delivery. If you’d like to see a list of those restaurants, or if you are a restaurant owner who wants to get the word out, join our Help Out Tri-State Restaurants Facebook group
On March 18, Gov. DeWine ordered all barbershops, beauty salons, hair and nail salons, and tattoo parlors to close by the end of the day.
Cincinnati Premium Outlet in Monroe is temporarily closed
Tanger Outlets Columbus and Jeffersonville will close at midnight on Monday, March 23.
St. Vincent de Paul closing seven area thrift stores until further notice
Traders World will be closed the weekends of March 21-22 and March 28-29
Arts & Entertainment
Kyle Rudolph Charity Concert Featuring Darius Rucker at Elder High School has been postponed until July 17. Previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date.
Colin Hay show at the Taft Theatre scheduled for March 31 has been rescheduled to March 30, 2021. Tickets will be honored at the rescheduled date.
David Foster concert scheduled for May 7 at the Taft Theatre has been rescheduled for Jan. 20, 2021. Tickets will be honored at the rescheduled show.
Home Free show scheduled for May 28 at the Taft Theatre has been rescheduled for Aug. 23. Tickets will be honored at the rescheduled show
The Cincinnati Ballet is rescheduling Director’s Cut and Bold Moves and creating a combined program that will be performed at the Aronoff Center July 23-25.
- The Cincinnati Ballet’s Family Series: Snow White has been postponed until 2020-2021 season
Riverbend Music Center/PNC Pavilion events will go on as scheduled unless noted below, but the box office will close until April 6
- NF at the PNC Pavilion has been rescheduled to Monday, Aug. 3. Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored for the rescheduled date
- Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life is a Highway Tour June 13 concert at Riverbend has been rescheduled for August 6. Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored for the rescheduled date
- Thomas Rhett with Cole Swindell originally scheduled for June 7 has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12. Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored at the rescheduled date.
The Price is Right Live at the Aronoff Center has been rescheduled for August 29
Celtic Woman: Celebration at the Aronoff Center has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 7 p.m.
Shen Yun performances at the Aronoff Center have been rescheduled:
- Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. (originally March 18)
- Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. (originally March 19)
- Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 at 2 p.m. (originally March 20)
Heritage Bank Center schedule changes:
- Roger Waters concert scheduled for Aug. 1 has been postponed. A rescheduled date will be announced at a later time.
- Disney on Ice presents Road Trip Adventures scheduled for March 19-22 has been canceled. Refunds are available through the original point of purchase
- Cher postponed her scheduled stop at the Heritage Bank Center on April 7 until Sept. 14.
- Winter Jam concert scheduled for Saturday, March 14 is canceled
- Monster Jam Triple Threat Series has been rescheduled for Nov. 21 & 22. Tickets for the March 28-29 performances will be honored on the corresponding performances Nov. 21-22
- The Cincinnati Cyclones and the ECHL have suspended play for the 2019-2020 season.
- Paw Patrol "Great Pirate Adventure" originally scheduled for April 18 & 19 has been rescheduled to December 5 & 6, 2020
- Five Finger Death Punch originally scheduled for May 8, 2020, has been rescheduled to November 9, 2020
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park - all “Destiny of Desire” performances canceled
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati temporarily suspended performances effective immediately
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Pops announced all CSO, Pops, May Festival and Vocal Arts Ensemble performances and events are canceled through May 31.
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has canceled all performances of Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta’ The Underground this weekend. All Academy Classes, Spring Break Camps, and Private Lessons will be suspended effective immediately.
The Fitton Center is canceling or rescheduling all events for the month of March and into early 2020
Dayton Art Institute is closed through at least Sunday, April 5
Whiskey Myers concert at Taft Theatre rescheduled for August 13. All tickets already purchased will be valid for the new date.
TOBYMAC: The Theatre Tour is rescheduled for Oct. 2. All tickets already purchased will be valid for the new date.
Parks, Attractions, and Fitness
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is closing campgrounds, cabins, golf courses, restrooms, shower houses, playgrounds, and state park marinas at all ODNR properties effective March 24.
- Public outdoor spaces at Ohio state parks, wildlife areas, forests, and nature preserves remain open, including trails, dog parks, and non-marina docks but visitors should practice social distancing.
The Cincinnati Nature Center is OPEN however, the visitor center and Nature PlayScape are closed through April 5
LA Fitness has closed all clubs until at least April 1
Springdale Community Center closed until further notice
Gyms, fitness centers, recreation centers, bowling alleys, indoor water parks, movie theaters, and trampoline parks in Ohio will close at the end of the business day Monday, March 16, by order of Gov. DeWine
The Mayerson JCC is closed through Sunday, March 29. Early Childhood School will reopen on Monday, April 6
The Cincinnati Athletic Club closes at 5 p.m. Monday, March 16 until further notice
Several YMCA locations are temporarily suspending all fitness and aquatics programming from Monday, March 16 through April 3. Click here for list.
All Cincinnati Recreation Centers will close Tuesday, March 17. The CRC anticipates reopening on Monday, April 6.
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) announced it will be closed to the public through April 3.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be closed to the public through April 3. Harriet Tubman Theater will be closed through April 15.
The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center will close from Saturday, March 14 through April 3
The Greater Cincinnati Police Museum is closed.
Newport Aquarium is closing Monday, March 16 and they are going to re-open in mid-May or soon thereafter as possible
The American Sign Museum is closed until 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 4
Ark Encounter and Creation Museum will temporarily close starting Tuesday, March 17
Great Parks of Hamilton County has canceled indoor and outdoor programs and events through at least April 5 including reservable areas, indoor play areas, visitor centers, exhibit areas and the Nature Center at the Summit. Outdoor locations including golf courses, parks and preserves, and trails, boating, fishing and camping are open.
Jurassic Quest at the Duke Energy Convention Center is postponing the event. Purchased tickets will be valid on the new date which will be released on their website.
The VOA Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester will be closed until March 31, and all March and April museum events are postponed.
The Harriet Beecher Stowe House will close to the public effective Saturday, March 14.
CET/ThinkTV Action Auction has been postponed until June 17 - 20
Asian Food Fest has been postponed until Aug. 8-9
43rd Annual Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance 2020 scheduled for June 14 has been canceled
The 101st Findlay Market Opening Day Parade has been postponed
Butterflies of Bali at the Krohn Conservatory has been postponed until further notice. The conservatory will be closed until further notice.
All 41 libraries part of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County are closed through at least April 3
Clermont County Library says they will close at 5 p.m. Friday and remain closed until April 6.
Kenton County Public Library is closed through Sunday, March 22
Boone County Public Library is closed through at least April 11
The Mercantile Library is closed. All discussion groups and lectures are postponed through Friday, April 3.
Miami Valley Gaming is closed until further notice, following guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and Gov. Mike DeWine
Belterra Park Cincinnati will close at midnight Friday
Belterra Casino Resort (Indiana) closed Monday, March 16 through Monday, March 30
Rising Sun Casino (Indiana) closed Monday, March 16 until further notice
Inmate visitation canceled at Hamilton, Butler, and Kenton County jails
The Indiana Department of Correction has suspended all visitation and use of volunteer staff at all IDOC facilities
The Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society will suspend all general open hours as of Monday, March 16. They will remain open for business but move to appointment and schedule-based service for intake, redemptions, and adoptions.
Cincinnati Cyclones 2019-2020 season canceled
Turfway Park to hold Jeff Ruby Steaks and remaining races through March 28 but they will be spectator-free
University of Cincinnati Bearcats Spring Football and Fish Fry event scheduled for April 10 has been canceled