7:16 p.m.: Englert Theatre suspends events
Iowa City’s Englert Theatre said it was suspending public events through April 8.
The nonprofit organization said these events are being postponed and will be rescheduled:
March 21 — Gaelic Storm
March 26 — Welcome to Night Vale
March 27 — Dweezil Zappa
March 28 — Bad Bad Hats (at The Mill restaurant)
March 28 — Trey Kennedy
In addition, the organization said, a March 19 performance with Jaimie Branch is canceled and won’t be rescheduled.
The Englert asked anyone who holds tickets to a postponed event to wait to see its new date before asking for a refund. It said those with tickets to Jaimie Branch should contact the box office to discuss options.
5:36 p.m.: Cedar Rapids hospitals announce visitor limits
Mercy Medical Center and UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s announced Friday they are setting new visitor restrictions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Cedar Rapids hospitals said:
• Visitors are limited to one adult per patient room at any time except in special circumstances. Visitors must be at least 18 and in good health. No children are allowed to visit at this time. The hospitals said examples of special circumstances are end-of-life or critically ill patients.
• Visitors to Labor and Delivery are limited to parents and two adults, and siblings under 18 if healthy.
• Only parents may visit the neonatal intensive care unit.
• St. Luke’s Pediatrics Unit visitors are limited to two adults. Healthy siblings under 18 are allowed.
• Mercy Pediatrics Unit visitors are limited to two adults in good health. No children are allowed at this time.
5:19 p.m.: calan & The revelers canceled
Legion Arts has announced that Friday’s concert by Calan and Sunday’s concert by The Revelers have been canceled at CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. For details on ticket options, go to Legionarts.org
5 p.m.: NewBo City Market shortens hours
NewBo City Market has announced it will scale back hours by closing on Wednesdays until May. Wednesday classes and events at the Market will be canceled or postponed. Those who have purchased entry to ticketed events will be individually contacted through email.
4:50 p.m.: Cedar Rapids cancels non-essential meetings
In Cedar Rapids, all “non-essential” public meetings are being canceled until March 31, but City Council meetings where policy decisions and public hearings occur remain on schedule. The city of Des Moines has canceled a number of public meetings, the Des Moines Register reported.
4:07 p.m.: Harlem Globetrotters postponed
The Harlem Globetrotters’ March 21 appearance at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids has been postponed. Ticket holders are in the process of being notified and should hold onto their original tickets as they will be valid when the game is rescheduled.
3:49 p.m.: Iowa City Community Theatre delays events
The Iowa City Community Theatre is delaying all in-person events through the end of March, including the run of the musical, “Company.” From the organizers: Although we hope to be able to present these performances at a later date, this option is not a certainty at this time. All tickets may be refunded without question, or you may choose to consider your ticket purchase a donation to the organization. We will reach out to ticket holders individually to make these determinations.”
3:44 p.m.: DaniEl Tiger’s Neighborhood postponed
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, slated for March 17 at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, has been postponed. Ticket holders are being notified; tickets already purchased will be valid for a rescheduled date. For questions, call the Paramount Ticket Office, (319) 366-8203.
3:40 p.m.: TaxSlayer Center Performances postponed
The following concerts are postponed at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Ill.: March 18: One Night of Queen; March 20: TobyMac; March 22: The Harlem Globetrotters; March 29: WWE Live; and April 17: JoJo Siwa. Go to Ttaxslayercenter.com for rescheduled dates; tickets already purchased will be valid for the rescheduled date.
3:12 p.m.: “My Fair Lady” postponed
“My Fair Lady” is postponed at the Des Moines Civic. The national tour was to be staged there March 17 to 22. Patrons should hold onto their tickets; the Civic Center Ticket Office will contact them with further details.
1:31 p.m.: Iowa Democrats postpone March 21 county conventions due to coronavirus
The Iowa Democrat Party is postponing its county conventions after making the “determination that the spreading coronavirus poses a risk that outweighs a temporary delay in moving the caucus-to-convention process forward,” Chairman Mark Smith said today.
12:58 p.m.: University of Iowa hospitals screening patients and visitors for respiratory illness upon entrance
Beginning Friday, all patients and visitors before entering the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will be screened for symptoms of acute respiratory illness — in the institution’s continued escalating response to the spreading novel coronavirus.
11:45 a.m.: Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids suspends Friday prayers
The Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids announced on Facebook they are suspending all Friday/Jumuah prayers effective today, until further notice: “This extremely difficult decision to suspend Jumuah prayers and masjid activities was decided upon consultation with senior leadership and experts within the medical community.”
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The suspension includes Salam School, potluck and lecture activities, classes, gym usage and large gatherings.
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