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Valley coronavirus cancellations, closings, restrictions, updates

All the coronavirus closings, cancellations and restrictions we know about in the Mahoning Valley. We'll be keeping this list as updated as possible throughout the coronavirus crisis.
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The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is among the many places closed for the month.

We are keeping this list updated throughout the coronavirus crisis. Please let us know of any updates it might need by emailing news@mahoningmatters.com.

June 4 updates

• The annual Diocese of Youngstown pilgrimage to Our Lady of Consolation Shrine, Carey, Ohio, has been cancelled. The next pilgrimage will be scheduled in August 2021.

May 22 updates

• The 10th annual Simply Slavic Heritage Festival will get a virtual twist this year. The celebration, which usually takes place in downtown Youngstown, will begin at 6 p.m. June 20 on Facebook and YouTube.

• Mill Creek MetroParks will open its baseball and softball fields and tennis courts May 26. To reserve a field or court, call 330-740-7114, ext. 104, or click here for a printable or online application. Playgrounds, basketball courts and volleyball courts will remain closed for now.

May 20 updates

• PolishYoungstown has canceled its 12th annual Polish-American Heritage Day event, which was scheduled for Aug. 30.

• The YMCA of Youngstown, 17 N .Champion St., will reopen in accordance with the state and local health departments’ safety protocols and guidelines. In Phase One of the reopening, staff and members will return to the facilities under new COVID-19 restrictions. More information on the reopening plan will be provided after it is approved by the local health departments.

May 19 updates

• The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown will reopen its Main Campus, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, on May 26; it’s Logan Campus, 3245 Logan Way, on May 30; and its Early Learning Center on June 1. Camp JCC will begin June 1.

• The Tutoring Center, 1419 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite 320, Boardman, reopened Monday to help students with their learning.

May 18 updates

• All Beaver Township Memorial Day activities have been canceled.

May 15 updates

• The Canfield 4th of July Committee has canceled the annual Independence Day parade, Firecracker Fun Run, kids’ games and fireworks.

• The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is preparing to offer a curbside pickup service as part of a phased-in return of staff and services. No starting date has been set yet, but library staff members are working on preparations to allow patrons to safely check out books, WIFI hotspots and other library materials.

• The Board of Mahoning County Commissioners is requiring all county employees and the public to wear face masks when working or conducting business in all county buildings. Temperatures will be taken before entering the buildings, and state guidelines for social distancing will be followed.

May 14 updates

• The Mahoning County Land Bank, 20 W. Federal St. #5A, will reopen its office to the public — by appointments only — on May 18. Walk-ins will not be permitted at this time due to health and safety concerns.

May 12 updates

• Mill Creek MetroParks is extending the cancellations of all previously scheduled programs, tours, events, lectures and indoor facility rentals through Aug. 31. If a registration fee or rental fee was paid, a full refund will be processed.

May 11 updates

• Western Reserve Transit Authority will resume its fixed-route bus service May 18. Safety measures will be enforced for all riders during the coronavirus pandemic. For information, go to the WRTA website or call 330-744-8431.

May 6 updates

• White House Fruit Farm, 9249 Youngstown-Salem Road, Canfield, will reopen its market for walk-in customers Thursday with safety measures in place.

May 5 updates

• Mill Creek MetroParks is canceling performances for Live at the Morley! scheduled for June 10, July 8, and Aug. 12. The Metroparks also have canceled  Movie in the Park events scheduled for June 24, July 22 and Aug. 26. Both were to be held at Wick Recreation Area this summer. The Yellow Creek Concert Series scheduled for June 11, July 9 and Aug. 13 in Struthers also is being canceled because of the pandemic.

May 1 updates

• Full Spectrum Community Outreach has canceled its Pride in the Valley 2020 event that was scheduled for June 20.

April 30 updates

• Eastwood Mall will reopen to the public May 12 with heightened safety measures in place. Businesses are urged to follow the state's Responsible Restart Ohio guidelines. Normal mall hours — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday — will resume immediately,, but shoppers should contact stores directly for individual hours of operation.

• The North and South courses at Mill Creek Golf Course, 1 W. Golf Drive, Boardman, will reopen to the public at 8 a.m. Saturday with adjusted operating hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The Wick Par-3 Course will open for the season May 11, with the adjusted hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

 Mill Creek MetroParks is extending the cancellations of all previously scheduled programs, golf clinics/programs, events, lectures and facility rentals through May 30. If a registration fee or rental fee was paid, a full refund will be processed. The following indoor/outdoor locations will be closed to the public through May 18: MetroParks Farm Education Building and animal barns; D.D. & Velma Davis Education and Visitors Center; all pavilions, cabins and reservable shelters; Yellow Creek Lodge; Lanterman’s Mill; Wick Warming House; Administration Office; all basketball courts; all playgrounds; all tennis courts; all ball fields; and Dek Hockey Rink.

April 28 updates

 Catholic bishops in Ohio are extending the temporary suspension of all publicly celebrated Masses and liturgies through May 29.

April 27 updates

 The John J. McDonough Museum of Art and 88.5 WYSU have canceled the 2020 MAD About the Arts benefit. Check the museum’s website and social media sites for news on future MAD events.

April 24 updates

 American Legion Post 177 in Canfield has canceled this year’s Memorial Day service and will have a limited service for only post members at Canfield East Cemetery.

April 23 updates

• Youngstown State University’s 22nd annual Summer Festival of the Arts, originally scheduled for July 11 and 12, has been canceled. Potential plans for rescheduling this year, perhaps in fall, will be based on Gov. Mike DeWine's and the university's guidelines.

April 22 updates

• The City of Youngstown is offering a voluntary furlough to employees it characterizes as nonessential. The furlough plan does not include police officers, firefighters, 911 personnel or sanitation workers. The furlough plan will be reviewed every 30 days and will be amended based on updates and orders provided by the governor.

April 17 updates

• Opera Western Reserve has canceled “Opera Ooh-La-La: A Summer Cabaret,” which was scheduled for June 26. For more information, go to operawesternreserve.org.

• AMVETS Post 44, in cooperation with Struthers Rotary Core, will be distributing food at the post, 305 Elm St., Struthers, from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday (April 18). The distribution is for veterans with ID only. Food remaining after noon will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

April 15 updates

• To protect patients and staff, Green Leaf Medical of Ohio, 2932 Youngstown Road SE, Warren, will close temporarily and will reopen April 27.

April 10 updates

• Boardman Spartan Stadium will be closed to the public until further notice beginning Monday.

• The 2020 Ohio Smart Mobility Summit has been canceled. The Eastgate Regional Council of Governments will be in contact with all 2020 ticket holders to issue a refund. The 2021 summit will take place July 15 and 16 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown.

April 7 updates

The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees has called a special meeting for 3 p.m. Thursday. Public portions of the meeting can be accessed through the board’s Facebook page.

April 6 updates

Youngstown City School District CEO Justin Jennings' regular monthly update meeting will be done virtually here at noon Wednesday. Meeting ID is 231 770 440.

April 5 updates

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church posted on Facebook today that its annual Italian festival is canceled for 2020. The festival was originally scheduled for July 23-26.

April 3 updates

Mill Creek MetroParks is extending the cancellations of all previously scheduled programs, golf clinics/programs, events, lectures and facility rentals through May 1. Several indoor/outdoor public facilities will remain closed through May 1. If a registration fee or rental fee was paid, a full refund will be processed. Various outdoor locations will remain open, including Mill Creek Park, Fellows Riverside Gardens, MetroParks Bikeway, James L. Wick Recreation Area, Scholl Recreation Area, Yellow Creek Park, walking trails, golf cart paths for walking and all nature preserves.

All Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County locations will remain closed until further notice in keeping with the state’s extended stay-at-home order. “Our community can virtually use the library anywhere with an Internet connection and computer or mobile device at LibraryVisit.org and on our social media. The Library is also offering online sign-up for library cards. A barcode will be issued soon after the application is received and can be used immediately,” Aimee Fifarek, executive director, said.

The Catholic Bishops of Ohio have extended the temporary suspension of all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies at least through and including Sunday May 3. The Bishops of Ohio dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in their respective dioceses and all other Catholics in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass during this period. But they’re encouraged to participate in Sunday Mass through televised, live streamed or radio broadcast options.

• In an effort to encourage physical activity, the Canfield Fairgrounds remain open to visitors, and family dialogue trivia questions have been staged around the fairgrounds. Gate 5 is open to the public, and ample parking is available. Temporary restrooms have been provided for convenience. Due to seasonal staffing and to limit the exposure to potential contaminants, visitors are asked to take all trash with them when they leave and to follow all guidance from state and national officials and to maintain a safe social distance at all times.

April 2 updates

• According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday, there are 5,805 COVID-19 cases in the state which have led to 74 deaths. There are 13 cases in Lawrence County with 2 deaths; 8 cases in Mercer County with no known deaths.

• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday placed all of Pennsylvania under an order to stay at home. Now, residents in all 67 of Pennsylvania’s counties must stay home as much as possible to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

• The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, the Raymond John Wean Foundation and the Youngstown Foundation have created a COVID-19 relief grant application to make it easier for nonprofits to seek funding from those foundations to address the virus' impacts. The form can be found on any of the foundation's websites, linked above. To donate to Community Foundation's emergency response fund, go here. To donate to Youngstown Foundation's crisis assistance fund, go here.

• The Mahoning County Green Team announced curbside recycling will be suspended, beginning April 6. Drop-off recycling will remain available and will be escalated to account for increased need. If those drop-off sites are filled, recyclers are asked to return later, rather than leave items outside the containers. To find the site closest to you, visit greenteam.cc.

• Lowellville Local Schools is continuing its free meal service for district students from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m today. The drive-thru line queues behind the school building, 52 Rocket Place, near the cafeteria. Meals are offered on Mondays and Thursdays.

• Washington Prime Group, owner of Southern Park Mall in Boardman, announced the mall now has established a Salvation Army donation site where nonperishable food, bottled water, toiletries and other items can be donated daily from noon to 5 p.m. in a bin outside the food court. Free "to-go" meals will be offered to first responders and healthcare providers from noon to 1 p.m. today at a drive-thru in the parking lot near the food court entrance. The Art Cafe, a mall tenant, is also donating 60 pottery kits to two area nursing homes.

• For the first time in 15 years, Mahoning County Children Services won't be planting a pinwheel garden display to mark April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The agency said child protective services are relying on community members "more than ever" to identify and report suspicions of child abuse. "Families and caregivers are experiencing unprecedented isolation, feelings of being overwhelmed as well as increased anxiety, fear and frustrations. ... And with kids out of school and home all day, along with all the other factors, [children are placed] at greater risk for child abuse and neglect," reads a Wednesday release.

April 1 updates

• Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown will be issuing COVID-19 updates via text message, according to a press release. To opt into the service, text YCOVID19 to 888-777. Message and data rates will apply. 

• Kravitz Deli in Liberty will reopen today (April 1) with a limited menu for curbside pick-up and delivery. It will be open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and will observe Gov. DeWine and "Liberty High School's own" Dr. Amy Acton's mandates to protect against the spread of COVID-19. 

 JCPenney announced Tuesday it will temporarily furlough the majority of store hourly associates, beginning April 2. All furloughed associates who are currently enrolled in the JCPenney benefits program will continue to receive full health benefits and the company plans to cover 100 percent of employee-paid premiums for the duration of the furlough.

March 26 updates

• While Mill Creek Park remains open, MetroParks officials urge visitors to follow all guidelines from state and local health officials, such as social distancing and practicing good hygiene to help flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19.

• The 15th annual Beer & Wine Tasting, scheduled for March 14 and then May 29, has been rescheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 21 at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Tickets and sponsorships will still be honored.

March 25 updates

• The Mahoning County Probate Court will issue marriage licenses via appointment only. All couples needing a marriage license will need to contact the court at 330-740-2310 to schedule an appointment. The court suggests that all couples utilize the online marriage license application process available on the court’s website.

March 24 updates

Effective March 30, all Western Reserve Transit Authority Nightline routes will be eliminated. Effective April 6, all WRTA Fixed Route bus service will be eliminated. WRTA will provide Enhanced Countywide service from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday to all areas of Mahoning County, and Monday through Friday to all areas of Trumbull County. Scheduled rides must be for work, medical and shopping purposes only. Countywide trips can be scheduled starting March 30. Call 330-744-8431 to register for the service.

March 23 updates

• Youngstown city Health Commissioner Erin Bishop today issued an order to close 20 Federal Place to all but essential employees as of 11 p.m. tonight. The business spot includes several retail shops, a food court and VXI Global Solutions, which operates a call center in the building. The city also issued orders closing off playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment to the public.

• The Mill Creek Golf Course, 1 West Golf Drive, Boardman, will be closed to the public through at least April 5.

• Southern Park Mall owner Washington Prime Group announced today the decision to temporarily close its enclosed malls. It has provided exceptions for exterior-facing restaurants that offer carryout or delivery and retail with exterior entrances offering essential goods. 

• All nonessential retail stores at Eastwood Mall are temporarily closed. The following restaurants will remain open for pickup or delivery: Applebee's Grill & Bar; Bob Evans; Buffalo Wild Wings; Charley's Philly Steaks; Chipotle Mexican Grill; DQ Grill & Chill; Firebirds Wood Fired Grill; Hot Heads Burritos; McDonald's; Mizu Japanese; O'Charley's; Olive Garden; Outback Steakhouse; Panera Bread; Primanti Bros.; Pulp Juice and Smoothie Bar; Red Lobster; Rise Pies; Salvatore's Pizzeria; Steak N' Shake; Subway; Texas Roadhouse; and Wendy's.

• The City of Youngstown asks that all trash be placed in curbside carts for disposal. As of today, any trash not bagged or in a city-supplied or personal trash cart will not be picked up. All sanitation routes will maintain regular pickup dates and times.

The Youngstown Board of Education’s regular meeting for Tuesday has been canceled.

Today’s Boardman Township trustees meeting will be live streamed on the township’s Facebook page at 5:30 p.m.

March 20 updates

Effective immediately there will be no public access to Boardman Township Trustee meetings at the Township Government Center. All regularly scheduled meetings will be streamed live online. A link to the live stream will be posted on the township website and Facebook page soon.

As of 4 p.m. today, there will be no public access to the City of Youngstown Street Department, Sign & Signal Shop, Water Department — Engeneering and Waste Water Treatment Plant. Operations will be reduced to essential employees.

The 2020 Ohio Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony, scheduled for May 7 in London, Ohio, has been canceled. A private ceremony will be scheduled at a later date for the families and agencies of officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2019.

March 19 updates

The Mill Creek MetroParks Administration Office, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield, will be closed to the public as of 4:30 p.m. today through at least April 5.

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber announced the cancellation of the following events: Power Lunch, March 26; Leadership Series: The Mindset to Achieve Your Goals, April 2; Power Lunch, April 7; MVSC: Drugs in the Workplace, April 8. The 2020 annual meeting, which was scheduled for today, has been postponed. Lattes & Legislators with Senate President Larry Obhof, scheduled for April 9, and the Power Lunch scheduled for April 14 are pending.

Effective today, Stambaugh Auditorium will no longer be allowing visitors into the building. A reduced staff will remain available via phone and email. Effective Friday, phones for the Stambaugh Auditorium administrative office (330-747-5175) and the Florence and Ward Beecher Box Office (330-259-0555) will be answered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Western Reserve Transit Authority announced additional operational changes today. For the protection of drivers, passengers are to board and exit WRTA buses from the rear door. Passengers who use wheelchairs or those with baby strollers can still use the front door. The front seats on both sides of WRTA fixed-route buses immediately behind the driver have been closed. This area is reserved for wheelchair use only.

• As of 4 p.m. today, the Youngstown Fire Department will restrict public access to all fire stations, including the main fire station, and there will be no fire inspections performed on any buildings, day cares, foster homes, etc. If a fire report is needed or you have any other fire department-related questions, call the office of the main fire station at 330-747-7403, ext. 0.

• As of 4 p.m. today, the Youngstown Police Department will restrict all public access to the building. If a police report is needed, call the information desk at 330-742-8926. If a towed vehicle release is needed, call the Accident Investigation Unit at 330-742-8946. If you need a copy of a police report, call the Record Room at 330-742-8907 or 330-742-8934. For other questions, call the police desk at 330-742-8926.

March 18 updates

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District has closed the public facilities at the following Northern Area sites until further notice: Mosquito Creek Lake, Berlin Lake, East Branch Clarion River Lake, Shenango River Lake, Kinzua Dam & Allegheny Reservoir, Michael J. Kirwan Dam & Reservoir, Tionesta Lake, Woodcock Creek Lake and Union City Dam.

 As of 4 p.m. today, Youngstown City Hall will be closed until further notice. The public will not have access to the city hall building at 26 S. Phelps St. City employees able to perform their job duties remotely will be instructed to do so. The city’s vital statistics division, however, will remain open from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Youngstown City Health District inside the city’s municipal court building, 9 W. Front St. The district’s Reproductive Health and Wellness Clinic will also be open at those same times but by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 330-742-8221.

• The Whispering Pines District of the Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America’s Celebration of Scouting breakfast fundraiser scheduled for April 21 has been postponed. A new date will be determined. 

• The Austintown trustees’ regular meeting scheduled for 4:30 p.m. March 23 is canceled.  A special meeting will take place at 5 p.m. March 27. Only the trustees and fiscal officer will attend so that 6 feet of separation may be maintained. In addition, all township buildings are closed to the public but are staffed to receive emails and phone calls. Exceptions to allow entry to a township building will be at the discretion of each department head.

• The United States Hockey League, which includes the Youngstown Phantoms, has canceled the rest of the 2019-2020 regular season and playoffs.

• J.C. Penney Co. announced it will close its stores and business offices, starting today at 7 p.m. local time through April 2 in response to the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.

• The 31st annual Strimbu Memorial Fund Bar-B-Que that had been planned for May 6 is canceled. However, the fund will still award leadership college scholarships to qualified high school seniors from local school districts. The next Bar-B-Que will take place May 5, 2021.

Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership will temporarily close, effective today. It plans to reopen April 6. If customers have an emergency, call 330-747-7921 and follow the instructions on the message.

The Whispering Pines District of the Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America’s Celebration of Scouting breakfast fundraiser scheduled for April 21 has been postponed. A new date will be determined.

March 17 updates

• Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom announced today they will be closing all stores due to the coronavirus pandemic, USA Today reports. Online stores will remain open.

• The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County has postponed a March 19 preview event for the main library renovation.

• OhioMeansJobs centers in Mahoning and Columbiana counties and Mahoning & Columbiana Training Association will continue to provide many services via phone and internet while the facilities are closed to the public. Those filing for unemployment benefits should visit https://unemployment.ohio.gov or call 877-644-6562. Instructions and related materials are available at that site. Instructions on the application process, along with other employment and training services, are available by calling the OhioMeansJobs centers from 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m. For Mahoning County, call 330-965-1787, ext. 0. For Columbiana, call 330-420-9675, ext. 0. More information can be found at ohiomeansjobs.com/mahoning and ohiomeansjobs.com/columbiana.

Full Spectrum Community Outreach Center is temporarily closing. All support groups and the Transgender Day of Visibility event on March 29 are canceled. The center plans to resume standard hours and all events and activities April 5. Local LGBTQ+ individuals in need of immediate support, nonperishable food or toiletries or referrals for services or shelter can email info@fullspectrumcommunityoutreach.org or call 234-254-8924.

Youngstown State University has postponed its spring commencement ceremony. The university said it hopes to have the ceremony later in the summer. Graduates will still have their degrees conferred May 9, and diplomas will be mailed a short time after.

March 16 updates

• The 910th Airlift Wing is limiting access to the installation to assigned personnel only, effective at 4 p.m. Tuesday (March 17), in accordance with Department of Defense and Department of Air Force guidance. Retirees, veterans, dependents and other individuals not assigned or employed at the installation will not be permitted to enter YARS until further notice. Individuals needing Department of Defense/Military Identification Card assistance must call 330-609-1095 to obtain more information about current customer service capabilities.

• Gov. Mike DeWine ordered the closing of bowling alleys, movie theaters, gyms and fitness centers, indoor recreation centers, indoor trampoline parks and indoor water parks.

• The Central YMCA and Davis Family YMCA are closed to the public through April 6. During the closure, updates will be provided to staff, members and participants via emails, YMCA’s website and Facebook and Instagram.

• Ohio bishops are temporarily suspending all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies through at least the celebration of Holy Week and Easter. Bishops are dispensing the Catholic faithful who reside in their respective dioceses and all other Catholics in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass through Easter Sunday.

• The Mahoning County Land Bank is closed to the public until further notice but will continue to work on requests. If you have questions or need assistance, call 330-259-1040 or email info@mahoninglandbank.com.

• Alzheimer's Association caregiver support groups and scheduled education programs across Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties are moving exclusively to conference call format, and its Canfield office is closed with staff working remotely. Caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer's are encouraged to access information at alz.org or contact the 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. Alzheimer's caregiver tips relative to COVID-19 are available here.

• All events scheduled to take place at Stambaugh Auditorium through at least April 4 are canceled. Attempts to reschedule as many of the events that are scheduled to occur during the ban will be made. If you are a ticket holder of any of the canceled events, keep your ticket for use when the event is rescheduled. Ticket holders will be notified by email as information becomes available regarding the status of each specific event. Information also will be shared on Stambaugh Auditorium’s official social media sites and at stambaughauditorium.com

• Mercy Health has been required to suspend on-call rape crisis services to the hospital until further notice. Survivors presenting at the hospital will have the opportunity to connect with an advocate over the phone. Hospital staff members are equipped with information on how to connect to this service. Patients also will be offered resource information for follow-up services upon discharge. Otherwise, rape crisis services, including the 24/7 Crisis Line, are still fully functioning and staffed. Advocates at Sojourner House are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. The shelter remains open at this time. Call 330-747-4040.

• Arms Family Museum and Tyler History Center will be temporarily closed during regular hours through April 3.

Earlier announcements

All restaurants and bars in Ohio are closed for dine-in service. Many are still offering takeout and delivery service.

• All public schools are shutting down after today for at least three weeks. All students will receive two days of bagged breakfast and lunch. The district will distribute further meals at designated bus stops to be announced this week.

• Youngstown State University is suspending in-person classes for the remainder of the semester. All on-campus courses will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the spring semester starting March 23, according to a release from President Jim Tressel. The university is preparing "alternative instruction delivery methods." The university's spring semester schedule has changed as well.  Most YSU events are canceled as well, including the Skeggs Lecture Series featuring Bill Nye, which was set for Wednesday (March 18) in Stambaugh Auditorium. Ticketholders are encouraged to keep their tickets in case the event is able to be rescheduled.

• The City of Youngstown is canceling all citywide special events until further notice. Mayor Jamael Tito Brown said he “will continue to update the residents of Youngstown with information through social media and will be doing so through all media sources within the coming days.”

• The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County announced all branches will be closed through April 3, one day earlier than previously scheduled. Patrons may still use the library's website and digital services. Due dates on borrowed materials will be extended and patrons will not accrue fines during the closure. Book drops returns will be unavailable during the closure. The three branches used as polling locations, Boardman, East and Newport, will be open for Election Day polling on Tuesday, March 17.

• The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown is preparing to close at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 and anticipates re-opening April 1. Limited visitation will continue for Heritage Manor Rehabilitation and Retirement Community and Levy Gardens Assisted Living. Jewish Family Services will continue to offer most services. The Youngstown Area Jewish Federation has established an emergency fund for its community and staff. To donate, visit jewishyoungstown.org or send a check payable to YAJF to Lisa Long, financial resource development director, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, OH 44504.

• Mercy Health — Youngstown is restricting visitors to patients currently in St. Elizabeth Boardman, St. Elizabeth Youngstown and St. Joseph Warren hospitals. This also includes Mercy Health’s long-term care sites, which include Humility House, The Assumption Village and Marian Assisted Living Center. Exceptions will be considered based on specific needs and circumstances such as end-of-life, mother/baby and pediatric patients. For more information on visitor restrictions and Mercy Health-related COVID-19 information, go to www.mercy.com.

• Mercy Health has been required to suspend on-call rape crisis services to the hospital until further notice. Survivors presenting at the hospital will have the opportunity to connect with an advocate over the phone. Hospital staff members are equipped with information on how to connect to this service. Patients also will be offered resource information for follow-up services upon discharge. Otherwise, rape crisis services, including the 24/7 Crisis Line, are still fully functioning and staffed. Advocates at Sojourner House are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. The shelter remains open at this time. Call 330-747-4040.

• Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice Senior Center, 1110 Fifth Ave., will be closed through March as a precaution against the spread of the novel coronavirus. The center is expected to reopen April 6. Supportive services will be provided remotely to members. Participants are being notified, and signs are posted at the center.

• Akron Children's Hospital has enacted restricted visitation and visitor screening measures. The hospital will allow no more than two visitors per day per patient and is barring visits from siblings or children younger than 18. The hospital plans to screen visitors for illness, travel history and COVID-19 exposure. It has also cut those aged 60 and older — those at the highest risk of contracting the illness — from its volunteer force.

• Mill Creek MetroParks is canceling all previously scheduled programs, events, lectures and facility rentals through at least April 5. It also is closing several indoor public facilities through at least April 5. If a registration fee or rental fee was paid, a full refund will be processed. Beginning Friday (March 13), the following Mill Creek MetroParks indoor locations will be closed to the public: MetroParks Farm Education Building and Animal Barns; D.D. & Velma Davis Education and Visitors Center; all pavilions, cabins and reservable shelters; Yellow Creek Lodge; Lanterman’s Mill; and Wick Warming House. All Mill Creek MetroParks outdoor locations will remain open. As a designated polling location, McMahon Hall at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm will be open to the public March 17 for voting.

• Ohio bishops are temporarily suspending all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies through at least the celebration of Holy Week and Easter. Bishops are dispensing the Catholic faithful who reside in their respective dioceses and all other Catholics in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass through Easter Sunday. 

• The Butler Institute of American Art has canceled or postponed all events and programs scheduled for March and April. The museum will also be closed from March 16 to 31, but will remain open to the public through the weekend. Only one of the museum's events was postponed: A meet-the-artist reception for "Life Examined: The Impressionistic Realism of Sam Rosenthal," which will be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined. All others were canceled until further notice.

• The Mahoning Valley Historical Society has canceled all programming scheduled at the Tyler History Center and the Arms Family Museum, both in Youngstown, starting March 14 and running through April 3. Both facilities will be temporarily closed during regular hours through April 3.

• The Youngstown Symphony Society, owner and operator of the DeYor Performing Arts Center, will cease performances and events scheduled at DeYor until further notice. For updates, visit www.youngstownsymphony.com.

• The Mahoning County Democratic Party’s 2020 Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony, scheduled for March 26, has been postponed. Chairwoman Joyce Kale-Pesta said, “We will reschedule the event as soon as we can and inform everyone on the new date.

• Youngstown City School District’s Visual and Performing Arts Department’s district-wide art show set for the end of March into April and the 5 p.m. art reception set for April 2 at the main branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County have been canceled. The VPA Unity Project exhibit has been delivered and will continue to be on display at the main library from March 18 through April 8.

• St. Robert Catholic Church’s rummage sale and CHOW Quiz Night have been canceled. All CCD and Youth Ministry sessions have been canceled through April 5.

• Mayor Jamael Tito Brown and leadership at Youngstown State University have postponed the mayor’s State of the City address scheduled for March 25 in Bliss Hall until further notice.

All events scheduled to take place at Stambaugh Auditorium through at least April 4 are canceled. Attempts to reschedule as many of the events that are scheduled to occur during the ban will be made. If you are a ticket holder of any of the canceled events, keep your ticket for use when the event is rescheduled. Ticket holders will be notified by email as information becomes available regarding the status of each specific event. Information also will be shared on Stambaugh Auditorium’s official social media sites and at stambaughauditorium.com.

• The Grocers Association’s 15th annual Beer & Wine Tasting that was scheduled for March 14 has been rescheduled for May 29. The time and location will not change: 6 to 9 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

• The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber has postponed its 2020 annual meeting, originally scheduled for March 19. All registration payments made for the meeting will automatically transfer to the new date, which the chamber is working to secure. For questions or to receive a refund, contact Chelsea Pascarella at 330-744-2131, ext. 1225, or chelsea@regionalchamber.com.

• Lit Youngstown has canceled its ekphrastic poetry workshops scheduled for March 28 and April 2.

• The McDonough Museum of Art has canceled all March events.

Arms Family Museum and Tyler History Center will be temporarily closed during regular hours through April 3.

• Mercy College of Ohio is indefinitely moving face-to-face lecture class meetings to an online format, starting March 17. All classes at the Youngstown and Toledo locations are canceled for March 16. All co-curricular and social gatherings are canceled, and non-essential travel is suspended. The College will remain open. As of now, the spring commencements that scheduled for May 1 in Toledo and May 7 in Youngstown will continue as planned. For questions, reach out to Jonathon Fauvie at 330-965-8178 or jonathon_fauvie@mercy.com.

• OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science & Technology will be closed for at least three weeks.

• The Healthier at Home and Healthy Eating workshops scheduled for March 17 at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital and March 24 and 26 at Howland Medical Center have been canceled. Those registered for the program will be provided with alternative dates. For more information, call 330-480-3070.

• Potential Development School for Students with Autism has postponed its 2020 Mahoning Valley Pizza Cook-Off event scheduled for March 29 at Waypoint 4180. A new date will be announced when it becomes available.

 Canfield Village Middle School is postponing the seventh- and eighth-grade drama production of The Sound of Music. The show was scheduled for March 13 to 15.  Patrons who purchased presale tickets will be reimbursed if a new date is not selected, according to a Thursday release from the district.

• The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of The Valley is postponing its 2020 Economic Forecast Breakfast, originally scheduled for March 20 at Mr. Anthony's. The event has not yet been rescheduled. For questions, contact Jennie Brewer at jennie@hbamv.org or 330-965-9779.




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