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Coronavirus-related closings, cancellations and postponements

Coronavirus-related closings, cancellations and postponements

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Last updated 4:27 p.m. March 31

Event cancellations

  • USA Softball canceled their entire "Stand Beside Her" tour, including their game at Kiwanis Park (scheduled June 25). All tickets bought through Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded on the card they were purchased with, while tickets bought at the Salem Civic Center Box Office will be refunded once the Salem Civic Center reopens to the public.
  • UPDATE: The Moss Arts Center on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg has canceled all performances and events through the month of May, and all spring semester events. The box office is processing ticket refunds for canceled performances. For more information call 231-5300.

  • Effective March 23, the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority has put in place the following measures:
    • Household Hazardous Waste Events have been canceled until further notice.
    • The monthly free Mulch Program for the cities of Roanoke and Salem, Roanoke County and the town of Vinton has been canceled until further notice.
    • The cities of Roanoke and Salem, Roanoke County and the town of Vinton will continue garbage collection at the curbside. Individual residents will no longer be able to bring waste to the transfer stations.
  • The Botetourt County School Board will hold a meeting Thursday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. on Facebook Live. The board will discuss and vote upon the 2020-21 school budget and the recommended new hires for James River High School principal and special education coordinator, said Schools Superintendent Lisa Chen in a video update. For more information, visit their Facebook page or their website.

  • The March Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County NAACP General Body Meeting will be canceled.

  • The following Plowshare events have been canceled:
    • Pride in the Park at Elmwood Park (April 4).
    • Pastors for Peace program at the Plowshare office (April 5).
    • Pastors for Peace program at Ferrum College (April 6).
    • Plowshare board meeting at the Plowshare office (April 14). A zoom conference will be held instead.
    • Teen Peace Jam planning meeting at the Plowshare office (April 18).
    • Volunteers Committee meeting at the City Market Building (April 18).
    • Earth Day on Grandin Road (April 18).
    • Progressives Potluck at Friends Meetinghouse (April 19).
    • Program Committee and OUtreach Committee meetings at the Plowshare office (April 23).
    • Teen Peace Jam at the Roanoke Unitarian-Universalist Church (April 25).
    • Refugees Program at site to be announced (May 9).
  • The Blue Ridge Marathon has been canceled. More information here.

  • Festival in the Park, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, has been canceled. More information here.

  • All events through May 3 at the Salem Civic Center have been canceled.

  • Update: Olin Hall Galleries at Roanoke College has canceled all public events and workshops and will be closed Saturdays and Sundays until further notice. The galleries have now closed until further notice.
  • All events at the Harvester have been suspended through March 30. With very few exceptions, all are rescheduled. More information here.

  • Opera Roanoke has canceled all of the company’s remaining 2019-2020 season performances.

  • The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke has canceled all public events in March, including this week's brain school.

  • The Spot on Kirk has canceled its remaining March and April shows.

  • Mill Mountain Theatre has canceled its season opening musical, “Dreamgirls,” and suspended all programming through April 13. The MMT box office will be open starting Tuesday, March 17, 10 a.m., to handle ticket exchanges and answer questions. The box office number is 342-5740.

  • The Masonic Theatre and Amphitheatre will close from March 18 to April 20. 

  • The Roanoke Jewish Federation has canceled the two remaining concerts in its 2020 Jewish Music and Art Series (scheduled for March 22 and April 26). 

  • Sunday Passport fairs for March 22 and March 29 are canceled.

  • Carilion’s payment center at 1502 Williamson Road N.E., Suite 200, will close to the public beginning Monday, March 23 at 8 a.m.

  • Roanoke Regional Chamber's in-person Legislative Wrap-Up, scheduled for March 26, is canceled. 
  • The annual Take Back the Night Rally in Blacksburg is canceled (scheduled for March 26).

  • The Grandin Chillage (Kick off) has been canceled (scheduled for March 27).

  • The Worx, scheduled for March 27 at Sinkland Farms, Christiansburg, has been canceled.

  • A municipal wreath-laying ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War at Lee Plaza in Roanoke has been canceled (scheduled for March 28).

  • The Shawsville Lay Ministerial Association has e-voted to cancel the Fifth Sunday Evening Worship Service scheduled for March 29 at the Midway Baptist Church.

  • Colonial Downs Group is closing its Rosie’s locations in Richmond, Hampton, New Kent and Vinton until Monday, March 30.

  • The Smith Mountain Lake Women's Club Gamefest, scheduled on Wednesday, April 1, has been canceled.

  • Town of Narrows Recreation Department and Iris Brammer Public Library will be closed until Wednesday, April 1.

  • Attic Productions community theater in Fincastle has canceled its upcoming production of “Welcome to Mitford,” which had been scheduled to run March 26-28, April 2-4.

  • Roanoke Author Invasion 2020, scheduled for April 4 at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood in Roanoke, is canceled.

  • The Handmade Crafts and Direct Sales show at Auburn High School in Riner (scheduled for April 4).

  • The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts has canceled all events scheduled before April 30. For refunds, call the Moss Arts Center ticket office at 231-5300 or the Squires Ticket Office at 231-5615.

  • The Valley Writer's Group open meeting in Roanoke (scheduled for April 2).

  • The 19th annual Radford University International Guitar Festival (scheduled for April 3-4).
  • Freedom Fest 2020 in Buchanan (scheduled for Saturday, April 4).

  • The April 11 Special Olympics Fishing Tournament in Franklin County is canceled.
    • A shotgun raffle drawing at 4 p.m. on April 4 will take place on Standing Watch Facebook LIVE.
  • Down by Downtown Elmwood Amphitheater concerts, scheduled for April 17-18, have been canceled.

  • The 65th Annual Vinton Dogwood Festival (scheduled April 23-26).
  • 12th Annual Blacksburg Fork & Cork (scheduled for May 2).
  • Valley View Mall has canceled or postponed all planned events, including the seasonal Easter Bunny photo program.

Event postponements

  • Salem Parks and Recreation has canceled all events through May 17
  • Mill Mountain has postponed the opening of its 2020 season and suspended all production-related operations.

  • Roanoke Symphony Orchestra has rescheduled three of its spring concerts. The new dates and venues are as follows. Visit for details:
    • "Every Breath You Take: The Music of Sting & The Police," June 19, Salem Civic Center.
    • "Transcendent Mozart," June 29, Jefferson Center. "Heroic Symphony," July 25, Berglund Performing Arts Theatre.

  • The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the United States Coast Guard is postponing all Virginia-sponsored Boat Virginia classroom courses and all boating safety workshops and events until at least April 14.
  • The Taubman Museum of Art has closed until April 1, with all planned activities postponed. The museum is also canceling evening Art by Night activities planned for April 3. Wednesday, March 18, at 10:30 a.m., museum curator Patrick Shaw Cable will stream a virtual tour of the museum on Facebook.

  • The Clifton Forge School of the Arts has postponed all March group gatherings, all classes with more than five students and the April 4 Blacksmith's Hammer-In.
  • Blue Ridge Literacy will be postponing the 15th Annual Scrabble Tournament, scheduled to take place March 26, to a later date.
  • The 5 Points Music Sanctuary has postponed all shows through the end of April. The venue is working with all bands and artists to reschedule dates and will honor original tickets.

  • The Montgomery Chamber of Commerce has postponed its celebration scheduled for March 26.
  • U.S. District Court in Roanoke has postponed a March 27 naturalization ceremony at the Poff federal building until further notice.

  • The JDRF Star City Demin & Diamonds Gala scheduled for March 28 has been postponed. A new date has not yet been set.

  • The Legacy Motown Revue at the Kazim Temple will be postponed with a makeup date to be determined (scheduled March 28). All tickets will remain valid for a future date.

  • These Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce events will be rescheduled:
    • SML Connects Networking Event
      • March 26 at Mama Ann's Gifts & Goodies

  • These events at the Salem Museum are postponed until further notice:
    • World War II Living History Day (originally scheduled for Saturday, April 4)

  • The annual VPA News and Advertising Conference in Roanoke has been postponed until a later date. Read the statement here.

  • The Gaither Vocal Band Good Things Take Time Spring Tour will reschedule its April 17 concert date in Roanoke to Nov. 5.

  • The April 4 Basketball Tournament in Franklin County has been canceled. They hope to reschedule to a later date.

  • Due to the announcement of an indefinite delay of the MiLB season, the Salem Red Sox will not start on its scheduled opening day of Thursday, April 9. A new date has not yet been set.

  • The annual NRV Leading Lights awards banquet originally scheduled for April 16 is postponed to a future date to be determined.  

  • Jefferson Center is postponing all events through April 17 and possibly further. Tickets will be honored on the new dates for rescheduled events. Jefferson Center's Music Lab and education programs are currently closed. 

  • Sebastian Bach's April 25 performance at Dr Pepper Park has been postponed.

  • The 2020 Senior Service Expo has been postponed until Tuesday, April 28 at the Vinton War Memorial.

  • The Smith Mountain Lake 52nd annual Fishing Tournament has been postponed to Oct. 16-18, 2020 (scheduled for May 1-3).

  • The Roanoke County Sheriff's Office is suspending its Weekender/Delayed Reporting program. Any person that is scheduled to report to the Roanoke County/Salem Jail with a reporting date of March 13 through the end of April needs to call 283-3162 and speak to a deputy. The new reporting date will be May 22, 2020.

  • The May 8 “Christmas Joy” Golf Tournament in Franklin County has been postponed until October.
  • The Kazim Shrine Circus at the Salem Civic Center (postponed until the end of October).

  • Veterans Fair at the Christiansburg Recreation Center (postponed until Nov. 7).

  • The Michael W. Smith 35 Years of Friends tour has been postponed. New tour dates will be announced in the future.
  • The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council has announced several postponements, cancellations and changes:
    • The March 24 WoTech luncheon has been postponed; details and date to be determined.
    • The March 26 BizDev Forum has been changed to a free webcast.
    • The April 9 Tech on Tap has been canceled.
    • The April 15 Cybersecurity Forum has been changed to a free webcast.
    • TechNite, scheduled for May 6, has been postponed; details and date to be determined.

Public venues/town activities

  • George Washington and Jefferson National Forests announced they will temporarily shut down campgrounds, recreational areas and off-highway vehicle trail systems.
  • The National D-Day Memorial and Foundation in Bedford will remain closed until at least April 23.
  • All COVID-19 public information sessions in Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts through March 25 have been canceled.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is closing offices and other nonpublic facilities until further notice. The agency will implement a visitor-by-appointment process to ensure essential services and operations continue. Safety rest areas and ferry facilities will remain open to the public with enhanced cleaning and protective measures in place.

The Greenbrier is suspending operations beginning at 12 p.m. on Thursday. Operations will resume April 17 at 11 a.m.

  • Effective March 18, the City of Roanoke will close all Municipal Facilities to the general public. All employees will continue to report as normal.

  • The southernmost 14 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina will be closed as part of the effort to stop the spread of coronavirus, the National Park Service announced Tuesday.
    • The other 455 miles of the scenic road that cuts through the Virginia and North Carolina mountains will remain open for the time being, but public restrooms are closed. Visitors are asked not to leave trash in receptacles along the parkway. 

  • The Blue Ridge Parkway will limit backcountry camping. In keeping with Centers for Disease Control guidance, no more than 10 people at a time will receive permits for established camping sites, which include the CCC Camp in Patrick County near Rock Castle Gorge, and North Carolina campsites Basin Cove at milepost 244.7 and John’s River Road at milepost 296.9.

Other restrictions will include prohibiting groups of 10 or more campers and limiting the number of people at a single campsite to six.

Camping at the CCC Camp will be limited to eight sites. Campers cannot stay more than three consecutive nights. Campsites will also be reduced at the North Carolina backcountry areas.

Permits can be acquired by phone only from district offices closest to backcountry site location. For CCC Camp information, call 540-745-9681.

The parkway is open to visitors, but services are limited along the scenic road. Visitors are asked not to leave trash behind. Parkway officials announced last week that the annual spring openings of attractions, such as Mabry Mill and the Blue Ridge Music Center, will be made at a later date.

All of the parkway's restroom facilities are closed until further notice.

The Paul Wolfe Appalachian Trail shelter located near Afton has also been closed. AT thru-hikers with reservations for the shelter can use a tent outside.

The Virginia Museum of Transportation has closed until further notice.

Salem City Hall is closed to the public until further notice.

All Roanoke County buildings will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 23. 

All Town of Vinton buildings will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 23.

Visitors and volunteers to the Virginia Department of Correction facilities are suspended until further notice.

The Western Virginia Water Authority is closing the customer service payment lobby effective Thursday, March 19. Customers who have questions about their service can call 853.5700. A variety of payment options for customers to pay their monthly utility bill are available here

The Western Virginia Regional Jail in Roanoke County has suspended community visitation with inmates effective Tuesday. In-home video visitation will continue, as will the ability for inmates to make a limited number of free telephone calls.

Until further notice, Blacksburg Sports Club is suspending all luncheon meetings but will notify members if the situation changes.

The Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library will be closed through March 29.

Effective March 23, the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority will stop accepting deliveries of solid waste directly from residential customers at the Tinker Creek and Salem transfer centers.

    • The authority's member localities (Roanoke County, cities of Roanoke and Salem, and the town of Vinton) will continue to provide garbage collection, including bulk garbage at the curbside.
    • After its regularly scheduled Household Hazardous Waste collection event to be held this Saturday at the Tinker Creek Transfer Station, the authority will be suspending any further such collection events until further notice. For more information, visit
  • The Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center is closed from March 17-31.

  • The Vinton History Museum will be closed to the public beginning Friday, March 20 through March 31.

  • The Virginia DMV has announced that all Virginia DMV Customer Service Centers will close beginning March 18 until April 2.
  • Bishop Barry C. Knestout directed the temporary suspension of all public Masses within the Catholic Diocese of Richmond effective immediately.
    • All Confirmation liturgies are suspended until further notice.
    • All weddings and funerals should continue with the attendance limited to immediate family members. The numbers should not exceed 50 people.
    • Churches should remain open for individual private prayer, but gatherings of multiple individuals for prayer are discouraged.
    • Non-essential meetings are cancelled. If an essential meeting is needed, it should not exceed 50 people.
    • Bishop Knestout will livestream private celebration of Sunday Masses for the foreseeable future.
      • Parishes with similar livestream capabilities are encouraged to do the same for their parishioners.

  • The History Museum if Western Virginia and the O. Winston Link Museum is closed until further notice.

  • The Science Museum of Western Virginia will be closed to the public until further notice.

  • Montgomery County Museum is closed now and will re-open until the public schools resume.

  • The closure of the Blacksburg Recreation Center, Blacksburg Aquatic Center, Christiansburg Recreation Center and Christiansburg Aquatic Center will be extended through April 30.

  • The Alexander Black House is temporarily closed until further notice.

  • The Franklin County animal shelter will be closed to the public until further notice.

  • The Salem Senior Center will close for two weeks starting Friday, March 13, through Friday, March 27.

  • The Grandin Theatre will be closed for two weeks, from Monday, March 16, to Friday, March 27.

  • The Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library will be closed March 16 through March 29.

  • Floyd County for the Art Center is closed from March 16 to March 29.

  • The Salem Museum will be closed March 17 through March 30.

  • The SPHL has suspended the 2019-20 season. More details here.
  • Virginia's Blue Ridge Visitor Information Center in Roanoke is closed until further notice. Additionally, the Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge Annual Meeting scheduled for April 15 has been postponed.

  • The town of Pulaski is closing all municipal buildings to the public.

  • Green Door Gallery in Troutville has canceled or postponed all events through March 31.

  • Goodwill stores will be closed beginning March 24 at 6 p.m. Donation centers will remain open with the exception of Altavista, Bassett, Bedford, Chatham, Farmville, Pearisburg, and Verona. 

  • For the next 30 days, the city of Roanoke has canceled non-essential events including:
    • Library events and community room events (libraries are now closed)
    • Parks and recreation events and rentals (Preston Park and Eureka recreation centers will remain open; the Fishburn Mansion will cancel all events)
    • Roanoke Fire-EMS tours/events/public visitors
    • Roanoke Police tours/events
    • Roanoke City Jail visits (virtual visits are available)

  • Pulaski County is taking the following measures:
    • Temporarily suspending Parks & Recreation games, activities and programs, effective March 14
    • Temporarily closing all Pulaski County recreation and public use facilities, effective March 14
    • Temporarily closing the Pulaski County Welcome Center, effective March 14
  • Roanoke Parks and Recreation is taking the following steps to minimize the potential spread of the virus:
    • All Roanoke Parks and Recreation programs and events for the next 30 days have been cancelled. A full refund will be issued to those who have already registered.
    • No rental permits will be issued for the next 30 days (that includes recreation centers, athletic fields, shelters, and open-space reservations).
    • All public restrooms in parks will be closed.
    • Parks, however, will remain open. The town encourages residents to recreate at their own risk and to practice social distancing and good hygiene.
    • The Fishburn Mansion is closed to the public.
    • After-school programs at Eureka, Grandin Court, and Preston are cancelled until at least March 27.
    • The Discovery Center is closed.
  • Montgomery County is taking the following measures:
    • The Blacksburg Recreation Center, Blacksburg Aquatic Center, Christiansburg Recreation Center and Christiansburg Aquatic Center will be closed to the public through March 29 (effective March 15).
    • Those who have already registered for events at these facilities during this time will receive either a credit to their household account or a refund if the event or program will not be rescheduled. 
    • Parks and trails in all three localities will remain open, but residents are encouraged to recreate at their own risk and to practice social distancing and good hygiene. 
    • All rentals at Montgomery County, Town of Blacksburg or Town of Christiansburg facilities, athletic fields and shelters are canceled. No rental requests will be accepted during this time.
  • Roanoke County is taking the following measures: 
    • All public libraries and Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed through at least March 29, effective March 16.
      • The Roanoke Valley Chess Club will not meet while Roanoke City Libraries are closed.
    • All programs and events at the libraries and Parks & Rec facilities will continue this weekend (March 14-15) as scheduled.
    • Digital library resources including eBooks and eAudiobooks will remain available through the library's website.

  • Botetourt County is taking the following measures:
    • All alterations to local government functions will be reassessed on or before March 30 and revised as appropriate and safe do to so.
    • Visitors without official business will not be permitted to enter local government facilities. Anyone presenting with signs and symptoms of a respiratory illness will be asked to leave.
    • All those visitors with official business will be asked to report to the bathroom and wash their hands prior to further interaction with County staff.
    • Any planned gatherings or auxiliary public functions being hosted or sponsored by Botetourt County are being cancelled or postponed through the end of March.
    • County government employees will no longer be allowed to travel outside the United States and are strongly discouraged from traveling outside of Virginia. Regional travel should be limited to only those situations required to continue necessary local government functions.
    • Those positions identified by County Administration to be eligible for telework are encouraged to work remotely. Only those personnel essential to maintain operations should be present in person.
    • Botetourt County Recreation sporting events have been suspended for at least two weeks.
    • Botetourt County Libraries will close starting on the morning of Monday, March 16 for at least two weeks.

  • Botetourt County administrative offices will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17 and will anticipate reopening on Monday, March 30.
  • The town of Rocky Mount has announced the following changes effective March 17:

    • All in-person payments must be processed through the Municipal Building’s drive-through payments window at 345 Donald Ave.

    • The town will waive convenience fees for credit and debit card payments used to pay bills by phone at (540) 483-5243.

    • All permit applications will be handled through the drive-through or via email at

    • The town will stop processing passport applications. Prior passport appointments will be honored, but no new ones will be scheduled.

    • No members of the public will be allowed beyond the lobby of any town facility.

    • Rentals at the Community & Hospitality Center, the town’s historic train depot and welcome center, are canceled at least through the end of April. Renters will have the option to receive refunds or reschedule their events.

    • If you need the Community Development office, call (540) 483-0907.

    • If you need the Town Manager’s office, call (540) 483-7660.

  • The following Rocky Mount events have been canceled:

    • Cops & Bobbers Fishin’ Rodeo (March 28)

    • Easter Egg Hunt (April 11)

    • Harvester Performance Center shows (see

    • Chug For The Jug foot race

    • CPR’s “Cars, Cornbread & Conversation” event (April 4)

    • Cruisin’ Rocky Mount (April 4, moved to May 2)

    • Rocky Mount Farmers Market (closed through April 3)

  • Virginia Tech will alter its 2020 Day of Remembrance events:
    • The Ceremonial Candle at the April 16 Memorial will burn for 24 hours, but there will not be a public ceremony at midnight and 11:59 p.m.

    • Flowers and wreaths will be placed at the memorial and the Carillon Bells will be rung 32 times at 9:43 a.m. on that day. All other gatherings traditionally held on that day will not take place.

    • The 3.2 Run in Remembrance, previously scheduled for Saturday, April 18, will not be held.

  • The State Capitol building will be closed for the remainder of the month.

  • YMCA of Virginia's Blue Ridge has suspended all group exercise classes until further notice. 
    • The Stay & Play child care programming will also be suspended until further notice.

  • The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection announced the following changes:
    • Adoptions and owner surrenders will be conducted by appointment ONLY. 
    • No one from the public will be admitted to the front lobby or the interior of the building.
    • If you are considering surrendering your pet due to lack of food or needed vet care that you cannot afford, please call 344-4922 so that you can be connected to resources that can help keep your pet in your home.
    • If you can open your home to a dog or a cat in need, please contact Meghann Cords at

  • The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University is now closed to the public and all upcoming events and programs canceled through April 10. 

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