SALT LAKE CITY — Church services, plays and sporting events from the NBA to high school games are being restricted or delayed amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Also closed are libraries, recreation centers, senior centers and more.
Here is a list of what Utahns need to know about closures, cancellations and postponements.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints canceled all meetings, activities and public gatherings of church members until further notice. Leaders are encouraged to use technology to conduct meetings, and individual bishops and stake presidents will decide how to make sacrament available to members at least once a month.
- The church has closed 10 church-owned buildings in and around Temple Square, effective immediately. The list includes the Church Office Building, Conference Center, Assembly Hall and Tabernacle.
- Proxy baptism ordinances at all 168 temples around the world have been temporarily suspended, while ordinances for the living will be done by appointment only, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles announced.
- The K2 Church in Murray, which normally attracts about 1,000 people each Sunday, said it will stream services on Facebook Live, something it has already been doing. Midweek meetings for youths, as well as for men and women, will be canceled for at least two weeks.
- Calvary Baptist Pastor Oscar T. Moses said his leadership team is meeting Thursday night to determine how to handle Sunday worship services, which hundreds attend at two different times.
- The superintendent of Utah Catholic Schools announced all Catholic places of worship and religious education programs will close. Any instruction will occur remotely through technology.
- Mount Olympus Presbyterian Church in Millcreek has suspended its regular Sunday worship services through March 29. A live worship broadcast is available at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/mountolympuschurch.
School sports and activities
- BYU football’s spring practices are suspended indefinitely and the program’s pro day, scheduled for March 27, is postponed until further notice.
- The University of Utah has suspended team practices indefinitely for all of the Utes’ athletic programs, including spring football.
- Utah Youth Soccer Association suspended league play for two weeks. Practices will be held at the discretion of member organizations and local coaches, with the group urging “safe, smart” practices.
- The Salt Lake City Stars announced the NBA G League’s decision to postpone the 2019-2020 season, as well as ticket exchange options. Tickets already purchased by individuals or groups for a postponed game will be honored when the game is rescheduled, or tickets can be refunded upon request. For tickets purchased as part of season ticket packages, they will be honored when the games resume. If games are officially canceled for this season, those tickets will be credited to the next season or refunded upon request.
- There will be no March Madness for the first time since beginning in 1939. After initially saying games would be played without fans, the NCAA canceled its Division I men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments on Thursday afternoon.
- The PGA Tour canceled the Players Championship and the next three tournaments through the Valero Texas Open.
- Early Thursday afternoon, the Utah High School Activities Association announced the suspension of the state’s debate championships, scheduled for this weekend, and the suspension of all spring activities and sports beginning Monday, March 16, for at least two weeks. The association gave individual schools or districts the option to suspend activities immediately.
- The Utah Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired canceled the statewide Utah Regional Braille Challenge, scheduled for Friday, March 13.
- Major League Baseball announced the postponement of the 2020 season’s start, which includes the Salt Lake Bees season.
- NBA has suspended play until further notice.
- The ECHL, the hockey league in which the Utah Grizzlies compete, has suspended its season until further notice.
- The XFL will not be playing its regular season games. Season ticket holders will be issued refunds or credits to future games, and players will continue to be paid and receive benefits.
Concerts, plays, arts
- The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square has canceled “Music and the Spoken Word” performances.
- Cirque du Soleil has canceled “BAZZAR,” which was scheduled May 24 through July 5 at the Maverik Center. All ticket holders will be contacted by their point of sale regarding the refund process. Cirque du Soleil will be working to reschedule performances in West Valley City in the near future.
- Four concerts at Vivint Smart Home Arena through the end of April have been postponed. The Post Malone Runaway Tour was set for Saturday, March 21; the Celine Dion Courage World Tour was scheduled for Thursday, March 26; JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour was to play Friday, March 27; and the Cher Here We Go Again Tour 2020 was planned for Tuesday, April 28. Guests who purchased tickets to those shows will be notified through the promoter directly to either receive a refund or exchange for a rescheduled show.
- Hale Centre Theatre has canceled all performances through March 30. Officials from the box office will contact ticket holders to exchange tickets or issue refunds.
- Salt Lake Acting Company’s play, “Four Women Talking About the Man Under the Sheet,” has been postponed. It will be rescheduled for late spring or early summer, and ticket holders will be contacted to exchange tickets. Contact the box office for more information at 801-363-7522.
- Pioneer Theatre Company’s play scheduled for March 27-April 11 is canceled. Ticket holders can exchange tickets for one of the other plays scheduled this year or donate them to the company in support of the artists. The Play-by-Play reading for “The Messenger” will continue as planned for March 13 and 14 as audience size is much smaller. For more information, call the box office at 801-581-6961.
- Egyptian Theatre canceled three nights of sold-out shows for the band, Moe. Full refunds will be offered, and the band is working on dates to reschedule its shows. The theater also announced the cancellation of “Newsies: The Musical,” and refunds will be given.
- Performances at Centerpoint Legacy Theatre in Centerville of “The Music Man” and “Aladdin Kids” are canceled through March 28.
- Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood are closing through the end of March.
- Utah Film Center Board of Directors decided to cancel Utah Film Center public and school programs at all venues, beginning with Thursday’s screening of “Binti,” through April 19. The center will reschedule all canceled events. It will also be sending out regular communications in its newsletter and social media. The center is also attempting to reschedule its “Tumbleweeds” programs and will honor all tickets, passes and vouchers, if possible.
- Park City Institute canceled both “Saints and Sinners” and a concert featuring T Bone Burnett. It hopes to reschedule both.
- Abravanel Hall, Capitol Theatre, Eccles Theater and the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center will be closed for all performances from March 12-31, including the remaining performances of “Dear Evan Hansen” at the Eccles Theater, which was scheduled to run through Saturday, March 14.
- Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is postponing all public programming through April 17. That includes Family Art Saturday (March 14); a public and VIP reception (March 27); screening for “Sama” (March 27); and a second screening of “#Female Pleasure” (April 10).
- Utah Museum of Fine Arts will be closed to the public March 13-27, and will also be canceling all events, programs and tours through April.
- Hale Center Theater Orem will cancel all performances beginning March 16 through March 28. The theater will be adding additional performances of “Matilda” after the theater reopens in order to accommodate rescheduled tickets.
- BYU is canceling its events in all venues effective March 16. “Little Shop of Horrors” is canceled effective immediately.
- BYU Museum of Art will be closed to the public March 13-17. Gallery Talks on March 18 and April 1 will be live-streamed on Facebook and Instagram and will not be open to the public. Events in March through the beginning of April have been canceled.
- The Commonwealth Room and the State Room are both postponing all shows that are scheduled through March.
- Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum will be closed until further notice.
- Salt Lake Film Society is closing its venues, Broadway Centre Cinemas and Tower Theatre, until April 17.
- The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Salt Lake City and the Siamsa celebration following it on March 14 have been canceled.
- Utah Symphony and Utah Opera is canceling all performance dates scheduled in March. They are currently evaluating whether these performances are able to be rescheduled at a later date.
- Art at the Main gallery will be closed through the month of March.
- Finch Lane Gallery will be closed from March 13-27.
- Repertory Dance Theatre is cancelling all events, including dance centers, through March 31.
- Plan B Theater’s production of “Audacity” has been postponed and ticket holders will be contacted about the new dates and exchange options.
- The St. George Art Festival scheduled for April 10-11 at Historic Town Square is canceled.
- Tuacahn Center for the Arts is rescheduling or canceling all public events through March 30. For those who purchased tickets to “The Magic of Queen,” “Elton John’s Greatest Hits – Live!,” “Unforgettable Fire: U2 Tribute Band” and Lee Brice, contact the box office at 1-800-746-9882.
Travel, parks, recreation and resorts
- The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation will close all its venues — the Utah Olympic Park, the Utah Olympic Oval and the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center — to the public through Sunday, March 29.
- Park City, Deer Valley, Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton and Woodward Park City ski resorts all announced that they are closing all operations starting Sunday through at least March 22. Snowbasin and Sun Valley resorts will close beginning March 16.
- The Playhouse Plunge at Willard Bay State Park on Saturday, March 21, and the Buffalo Run events at Antelope Island State Park on Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21, have been canceled. However, all 44 state parks and amenities remain open and staffed.
- Division of Wildlife Resources canceled public events on March 14 (swan viewing); March 28 (mountain goat viewing); March 28 (turkey hunting clinic at Eccles Wildlife Center); March 28 (turkey hunting clinic in Monticello). Also canceled is Fishing Fun for children with special needs on March 30 in southern Utah. New dates will be announced for the learn to fish Utah Lake DWR Central Region clinic, originally set for March 12; and the Walleye Seminar at DWR Salt Lake City office, scheduled March 19.
- Park City Municipal facilities will remain open, but all nonessential programming has been suspended until further notice.
- Tracy Aviary is canceling all indoor bird shows until the end of March.
- The South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful is closed and all classes canceled through the end of the month. A board will meet Monday to determine the duration of the closure.
- Momentum indoor climbing will be closing all locations and canceling all classes, programming and events through at least March 31.
- Utah’s Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City will close Tuesday, March 17, until further notice. Tickets already purchased will be accepted on any future date in 2020. Zoo memberships will automatically be extended for the length of the closure.
Government and public facilities
- All locations of the Salt Lake City Library are closed from Sunday, March 15, to Sunday, March 29. All Salt Lake County Library locations are closed until further notice.
- The South Jordan Community Center and the Gale Center Museum are closed and will remain so through March 30. The South Jordan Fitness and Aquatics Center will close after business on Saturday through March 31.
- Salt Lake County is closing libraries, senior centers, recreation centers, arts and cultural facilities, equestrian park, Clark Planetarium and Discovery Center beginning Friday, March 13. A full list of closed facilities is available at slco.org.
- The Salt Palace Convention Center and the Mountain America Expo Center (formerly South Towne Expo Center) will be closed as of March 16 until further notice.
- Murray is closing its senior center, recreation center, library and museum. City officials suspended all recreation programs, both indoor and outdoor, and all cultural arts programs until further notice.
- Herriman City Hall will remain open, but is limited to essential functions only. The passport office and police records office are closed.
- Lehi is closing its library, Lehi Literacy Center, senior center, Legacy Center, youth community classes, sports programming and dance programming for at least two weeks.
- Clearfield City Hall and Aquatic and Fitness Center will remain open, but programing outside of drop-in use is canceled until further notice. The art center will be closed. For more information, call 801-525-2700.
- American Fork Fitness Center will close Friday, March 13, for two weeks. That includes all programs, classes and activities, including the pool. For more information, visit afcity.org/fitness. Also effective March 13, all outdoor recreation programs will be postponed. Libraries will remain open, but the city is canceling all programming and room reservations. The senior center will still offer meals, but all activities and reservations will be canceled.
- Orem City Library, Orem Senior Friendship Center and Orem Fitness Center are closed from March 13 until March 31. All public events on the calendar through March 31 are canceled or postponed. All city directed sports programs and leagues are postponed until March 31.
- Logan Library will be closed through March 29, with a planned reopening of 10 a.m. March 30. There are drop off bins for returns, holds will be available when the library reopens, and there are some digital services available at library.loganutah.org.
- Summit County announced the closure of all three of its libraries and the Summit County Historical Museum. There are digital resources available from the libraries at thesummitcountylibrary.org/databases.
- Eagle Mountain city offices will be closed for two weeks.
- Provo Library will be closed March 16-30, at which point they will reevaluate. Digital resources are available at provolibrary.com.
Schools, colleges, universities
- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced that public schools statewide would be dismissed for two weeks starting Monday, March 16. Schools were to remain open to give students access to teachers and needed services like school breakfast and lunch.
- The Children’s Center will close both Kearns and Salt Lake City-based Therapeutic Preschools for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16. Outpatient and clinical services will continue as scheduled for now. Visit childrenscenterutah.org for regular updates.
- Rowland Hall sent an email Thursday letting parents and teachers know its campuses will close as of March 16. All on-campus classes and activities will be canceled through Sunday, April 12, and the schools will shift to remote learning models beginning Tuesday, March 17.
- Intermountain Christian School in Cottonwood Heights has made the decision to suspend all activities and on-campus classes as of 5:30 p.m. Thursday through the end of spring break, March 29. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, they will offer online instruction.
- Utah Valley University classes will resume online starting Monday, March 23. Students can get information regarding their classes on Canvas. Also, through Friday, May 1, all university-sponsored events, concerts or large gatherings are postponed or canceled. A decision about graduation events will be made at a later date. More information is available at uvu.info.
- Westminster College postponed all classes until March 23, when they will resume online until March 27. The school will reevaluate how to handle the remainder of the year in two weeks.
- University of Utah will cancel or move all classes online. Decisions about graduation events will come later. University housing will remain open and food service will be available throughout the rest of the semester. Officials ask any students who traveled home for spring break to stay home and not return to campus.
- BYU will begin offering most classes online beginning Monday, March 23.
- Weber State University announced all courses are suspended March 13-17, to allow faculty and staff time to prepare to continue online. Starting Wednesday, March 18, the university will move to online/remote instruction for the rest of spring semester. All university events are canceled until March 30. University business meetings will be held on an as-needed basis. Residence halls and food services will remain open, but all study abroad trips have been canceled through April 20. Athletics will take place or be canceled by Big Sky Conference officials.
- LDS Business College classes are canceled through March 17 and classes will resume March 18 via remote instruction. Commencement exercises scheduled for April 10 are canceled and a modified ceremony will be broadcast. Campus services will continue to be available for students who do not go home.
- Utah State University will move academic courses online beginning March 18 with all classes before that day canceled to allow faculty members time to move their classes into the online learning environment. Housing will remain open, and essential services will remain available through the end of the semester.
Expos, trade shows and conferences
- Bluffdale’s Shakeout Preparedness Fair on Saturday, April 18, has been canceled. It may be rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19.
- Silicon Slopes Sandy/Draper breakfast with Spencer Cox at the Salt Mine is being postponed.
- We are Utah Manufacturers Expo has been rescheduled to Sept. 23 from 1-8 p.m. at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy.
- The Utah Library Association canceled its 2020 Annual Conference in St. George on May 13-15.
- The 2020 St. George Art Festival canceled its event scheduled for April 10-11 at historic Town Square. It’s the first cancelation since 1980.
Jails, prisons, courts
- All Utah prison visitation and volunteer work has been temporarily suspended.
- All state court buildings will be open and filings will be accepted, but all nonessential hearings and trials are postponed, effective immediately.
“To be clear, the courts will continue to operate and provide mission-essential functions such as proceedings involving in-custody defendants and protective orders, to name a few,” said Chief Matthew Justice Durrant. “Using technology, we will continue to find ways to serve the public while reducing the number of people who need to physically come to court.” More information is available at utcourts.gov.
- Herriman Justice Court will continue to hold hearings for bench warrants, domestic violence cases and DUI cases. All other court hearings will be postponed indefinitely.
- The Utah Department of Corrections is temporarily suspending all visiting and volunteer services at state correctional facilities.
- The Salt Lake City Justice Court is continuing all jury trials thought Friday, April 10. The court will reschedule the trials. Pretrial conferences associated with the trials have been canceled.
- Weber County Jail is suspending all volunteer opportunities and associated programs. The one exception to this will be the Weber Addiction and Recovery Program, which will continue at the 12th Street facility but will be suspended at the Kiesel facility. Visiting will not be restricted at this time, but remote video visits are encouraged. The website service includes a charge of $5 per visit. The facility’s video/phone provider, Securus Technologies, is offering one free visit coupon per inmate per week. Contact the jail visitation department for coupon codes beginning Tuesday, March 17. Friends and family may request one code per week by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Snowbird has temporarily closed the Aerial Tram. Skiers and snowboarders can continue to access Hidden Peak via the Peruvian Tunnel and Mineral Basin chairlift.
- The Utah Sports Hall of Fame canceled its spring banquet, scheduled for April 7. Ticket holders will be contacted through the email used to purchase the tickets. The Banquet will be rescheduled for the Spring of 2021. The current honorees will be the individuals honored at the 2021 Spring Banquet. All ticket sales will be refunded.
- The Utah Republican and Utah Democratic parties have canceled their in-person state conventions in April. The Utah GOP will also postpone neighborhood caucus meetings scheduled March 24.U nited Utah Party will not hold its caucuses and conventions at physical locations this year, but will hold virtual meetings through video conference calls.
- The Boy Scouts of America is postponing its annual Scouting’s Feed Utah Food Drive until the fall. The drive was scheduled for Saturday, March 21.