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Cancelations, postponements due to COVID-19

Here are recent cancelations of events. This is not a comprehensive list. Please check with event organizers to find out an event’s status.

KCTCS moves to online instruction March 18-27

VERSAILLES, Ky. — The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is moving to online instruction beginning Wednesday (March 18) through March 27. All lab classes have been postponed until then as well. Labs will resume near the end of the term.

The majority of personnel will work remotely during this time. However, all colleges are open with limited staff and limited access to certain areas. Three colleges are on spring break this week and will begin online classes and telework when they return.

Baptist Health to postpone elective procedures

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Baptist Health Lexington is suspending elective procedures at surgeon’s offices associated with the hospital beginning Thursday, March 19. Urgent and emergency procedures will still be performed.

The American College of Surgeons, the U.S. Surgeon General and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear all have called for elective surgeries to be postponed to meet the rising demand for COVID-19 care and to conserve hospital resources.

Women’s Business Center of Kentucky

A message from WBC of Kentucky: Heeding advice and recommendations from our Mayor, the Governor, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) about staying safe in the midst of this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we will handle all in-person meetings, training and counseling sessions electronically (when available) and over the telephone, as we work from home. If you have a scheduled appointment with us, please give us a call to schedule an agreeable day and time for a phone meeting. 
All of our in-person workshops, roundtables, and other networking events scheduled through the month of April have been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date, as soon as things get better. Going forward, we are working on ways to provide our workshops and training online. Please visit our website www.wbckentucky.org and our Facebook page for the latest updates. 

Liberty Hall Historic Site will be closed to the public until further notice

All current tours and events are canceled until further notice. This currently includes the following: March 26 — Brown Bites Lecture; April 25 — Bourbon & Browns fundraiser and May 9 — Public Plant Sale. If you have any questions, please call (502) 227-2560.

LexArts and ArtsPlace closes temporarily

LEXINGTON, Ky. — In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many, if not all, of Lexington’s arts organizations, including LexArts and ArtsPlace, are temporarily closed until further notice. The commitment to the health and wellbeing of the staff and visitors of all arts organizations, indeed of the entire citizenry of the commonwealth, is paramount at this time.

Kentucky Derby rescheduled for Sept. 5, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 146th Kentucky Derby will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020 to Sept. 5, 2020 and the 146th Longines Kentucky Oaks will be rescheduled from May 1, 2020 to September 4, 2020. These dates are contingent upon final approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission which we expect to receive on Thursday, March 19.

University of Kentucky to extend online, alternative learning for rest of semester

LEXINGTON, Ky. — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced Tuesday that UK will move to online or alternative formats for classroom instruction for the rest of the semester in response to the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Kentucky General Assembly to continue session with safeguards

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Members of House and Senate leadership announced Monday that the 2020 Regular Session will continue as scheduled, but with a number of safeguards and precautions in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

House Speaker David Osborne and Senate President Robert Stivers released the following information detailing specifics:

“We believe that the General Assembly has a responsibility to the people of Kentucky and our membership is committed to fulfilling that obligation. However, we are putting in place a number of safety procedures based on the recommendations of public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While this is a departure from business as usual, we are taking every step possible to use available technology to ensure transparency and accessibility.”

Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board meeting for March 19 changing from in-person to video conferencing or phone

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The March 19 Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board in-person meeting has been changed to a video conferencing or telephone meeting.

Anyone who wants to attend the March 19 meeting at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time by video conferencing, follow these steps:

Go to https://zoom.us/j/371371807

Enter Meeting ID: 371 371-807

To join by telephone, follow these steps.

Dial (646) 558 8656
Enter Meeting ID: 371 371-807

The Nest cancels 2 events in April

Due to the state of emergency regarding COVID-19 by Gov. Andy Beshear and the recent positive cases of COVID-19 in Fayette County, The Nest has decided to cancel the following upcoming events, Bippity Boppity Boutique on April 4 and Pony Up for The Nest at Keeneland on April 8. Pony Up for The Nest is expected to be rescheduled for October. It is important to management, staff and The Nest board that the public be safe.

Nelson County Imagination Library community celebration postponed

BARDSTOWN, Ky. — The Nelson County community event that was set to be held on Wednesday, March 18, celebrating the completion of a book written by local elementary school students, has been postponed. Nelson County Schools announced on Friday that they will close in an effort to mitigate the potential for spreading the novel coronavirus. The school system will close through Friday, March 27. All school-related activities, including the Imagination Library event, are being cancelled or postponed.

Lexington Public Library programs canceled

LEXINGTON, Ky. — In response to the growing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Lexington Public Library will close all library locations beginning at the close of business today, Friday, March 13 at 6 p.m.

The library currently plans to reopen for daily operation on Monday, April 6. The library’s leadership will continue to monitor the situation and may adjust this schedule at a later date.

Derby Festival postpones events through April 5

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In support of the efforts being taken by the Centers for Disease Control and Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, the Kentucky Derby Festival is postponing events on the 2020 schedule through April 5.

“This is about public health and safety and at the Derby Festival that is always our top priority,” said Matt Gibson, Kentucky Derby Festival president and CEO. “We have a responsibility to the community, who has supported the Derby Festival for more than 60 years, to help with this effort.”

NULU Bock Fest postponed until May 23

On the recommendation of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness regarding congregate events and social distancing, the NULU Business Association announced today that the 5th Annual NULU Bock Fest and Wurst Fest has been postponed. The event has been rescheduled for May 23, 2020 from Noon until 7pm, and will be held in the 600 and 700 blocks of East Market Street.

March events being rescheduled at KFC Yum! Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Several shows scheduled for this March at the KFC Yum! Center are being rescheduled including: Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live (March 14), Dan + Shay (March 27) and Michael Buble (March 28). Dan + Shay has been rescheduled for Aug. 6 and alternate dates for Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live and Michael Buble will be announced soon.

“Our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our staff and guests,” KFC Yum! Center GM Eric Granger said. “We have been closely monitoring the latest developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) globally and any potential impact it may have on our day-to-day operations. Through public health organizations such as, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and local health department officials, we are staying abreast of the latest updates and developments as they occur and working with each show to make the best decision for their artists, fans and touring staff. We support each event organizer’s decision to postpone these events.”

Friday and Saturday’s Louisville Orchestra Concerts canceled

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville Orchestra has been closely monitoring the reports and recommendations about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) especially regarding the impact of public gatherings.

In response to the growing body of information, the Louisville Orchestra board of directors has decided to cancel performances scheduled for this weekend – Friday, March 13 at 11 a.m. and Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. at the Kentucky Center. “Out of an abundance of caution and a concern for everyone involved in these performances, we believe cancelling these concerts is the best course of action for our community and stakeholders at this time,” said John P. Malloy, president of the LO board.

Decisions regarding upcoming concerts will be evaluated based on the ongoing community conditions and any further cancellations or postponements will be announced in upcoming weeks.

Maker’s Mark postpones tours and visitation to Loretto distillery

LORETTO, Ky. — Maker’s Mark released the following statement:

“Maker’s Mark is actively managing its response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re determined to do our part to support our communities and help contain the spread of the virus. Consistent with guidance from public health authorities to limit large gatherings, and given that our public tours include elements that bring groups together in relatively restricted spaces, we will temporarily suspend tours and all visitation at the distillery in Loretto as of Monday, March 16. We understand that this may be disappointing to our fans and we apologize for any inconvenience. Please be assured that we are taking this action out of an abundance of caution because the health and wellbeing of our employees and loyal Maker’s Mark fans is paramount. We look forward to resuming tours and welcoming visitors for the full experience in the future.”

KHSAA postpones Boys and Girls Sweet Sixteen

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has decided to postpone the remainder of the Girls’ Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament and next week’s Boys’ Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena.

All Power 5 leagues cancel conference tournaments

The Big Ten, SEC and Big 12 have all canceled their conference basketball tournaments, the leagues announced Thursday.

Also announcing that their tournaments would not be played were the American, Atlantic 10, Conference USA, MAC and WAC.

March 20 LexArts HOP postponed

LEXINGTON, Ky. — With an abundance of caution and in an effort to engage social distancing in managing COVID-19, LexArts, along with HOP sponsor Republic Bank, have made the decision to postpone the March 20, 2020 LexArts HOP.

While every effort will be made to reschedule, a decision on a date will not be made until further information on the virus and its effects is available. LexArts is currently following all updates and recommendations from the City of Lexington and the State of Kentucky. More information will be relayed as it is available.

CHI Saint Joseph Health cancels 5th Annual Diabetes and Nutrition Expo

LEXINGTON, Ky. — CHI Saint Joseph Health announced that its upcoming fifth annual Diabetes and Nutrition Expo, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 14, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., has been canceled. The decision was based on recommendations from the governor’s office about large events with regard to concerns about novel-coronavirus (COVID-19). CHI Saint Joseph Health leadership made this proactive decision out of an abundance of caution for what has now been classified as a global pandemic. The health of the community is a top priority for the health care system, which is closely monitoring all developments surrounding COVID-19.

For more information on how to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, visit www.chisaintjosephhealth.org/novel-coronavirus.

Inaugural NKY International Festival postponed

COVINGTON, Ky. — The NKY International Festival planning committee has been closely following and monitoring COVID-19 updates to ensure the safety of all festival-goers. Under the recommendation of Governor Beshear for all Kentuckians to avoid crowds and large gatherings, the committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the NKY International Festival at this time.

“The health and safety of the region is our top priority,” said Darren Wurz of the Covington Rotary Club. “We apologize for any inconvenience and will provide a scheduling update at a later date.”

The NKY International Festival was scheduled for Saturday, March 14, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

Louisville postpones, Lexington cancels St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The City of Lexington announced Wednesday morning that both the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Shuffle will be canceled amid fears of the novel coronavirus.

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Highlands will be postponed until later this year due to the coronavirus, Louisville officials said.

State Libraries, Archives and Records Commission meeting for March 12 postponed

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The March 12 State Libraries, Archives, and Records Commission in the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives in Frankfort has been postponed.

Wastewater & Drinking Water Advisory Council Meeting canceled

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The joint Drinking Water & Wastewater Advisory Council meeting scheduled for March 17 is canceled.

On March 6, 2020 Gov. Andy Beshear issued Executive Order 2020-215, declaring a state of emergency regarding COVID-19. In an effort to support the welfare and health of the residents of the commonwealth, the meeting will be postponed.

We look forward to re-engaging with the members of the advisory council in June 2020.