Below is a list of public events that have been canceled amid concerns about the new coronavirus and the chance of it spreading at large gatherings. This list will be updated as cancellations come.
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New as of Thursday, April 9
- The City of Acworth announced that the April 13 Public Hearing/Work Session is canceled since there is no agenda items to present before the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
- The City of Kennesaw announced that it has canceled the following meetings - the April 13 Mayor and Council Work Session; the April 14 Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority, the April 15 Kennesaw Development Authority, the April 16 Plan Review Committee and the April 16 Art and Culture Commission.
- The City of Smyrna has announced the following cancellations - The April 14 Parks & Rec Commission Meeting, the 'April 13 Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting, the April 14 Keep Smyrna Beautiful Board Meeting; and the April 20 Civil Service Board Meeting.
- Cobb Life magazine and MDJ's "Best of Cobb" event has been rescheduled to Sept. 3 at Jim Miller Park. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- April's Love the Loop event has been canceled.
- The members of Kennesaw Chapter 241, United Daughters of the Confederacy has cancelled their 2020 Confederate Memorial Day Observance which was previously scheduled for April 25. The five military veterans which were to receive Military Service Awards will receive their certificates and medals in private ceremonies.
- The Atlanta Opera announced that the spring productions of Madama Butterfly and Glory Denied, originally scheduled for May, are postponed to later dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Madama Butterfly will be rescheduled and presented as part of a festival of two works by Giacomo Puccini in November alongside the 2020-21 season-opening production, La bohème (November 7-15). Madama Butterfly will take place Nov. 12, 14 and 17 in a slightly reduced staging, in order to accommodate the production concurrently with La bohème. Both productions will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Glory Denied, by Tom Cipullo, based on the book by Tom Philpott, is postponed to a date yet to be determined. As part of The Atlanta Opera’s commitment to American operas and particularly those addressing veterans issues, Glory Denied was originally scheduled in late May at the Hertz Stage at The Woodruff Arts Center. Ticketholders for both productions will be contacted individually.
- The Pope High School Band's April 25 recycling event has been canceled.
- The 2020 Cobb County Prayer Breakfast, originally scheduled for May 7 - the National Day of Prayer, has been postponed until Aug. 25.
- Dancing Stars of Atlanta, the 11th annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Georgia chapter, has been postponed to a date to be determined. The event was scheduled for May 2 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. For more information, visit alz.org/georgia.
- The Taste of Marietta, scheduled for April 26, has been postponed. The Marietta Visitors Bureau hosts the festival in conjunction with the City of Marietta. Both organizations are evaluating if a rescheduled event will be possible.
- The Kiwanis Club of Marietta and The Rotary Club of Marietta has canceled their annual Easter Community Sunrise Service event on April 12 at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
- The Cobb County Master Gardener Volunteers have canceled the following items - the April 17-18 Annual Plant Sale and Expo at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta, the May 9 Annual Garden Tour and all sponsored public education events, Gardener's Night Out, Lunch and Learn, Thyme to Read Book Club and How Does your Garden Grow? until further notice. Rescheduling will be considered once public health restrictions and advisories are lifted. For more information, visit www.cobb mastergardeners.com.
- Marietta's New Theatre In The Square announced that they have decided to postpone their run of Dominique Morisseau's "Pipeline." The new dates will be April 10 at 8 p.m., April 11 at 7:30 p.m., April 15 at 11:30 a.m., April 17 at 8 p.m., April 18 at 7:30 p.m., April 19 at 2:30 p.m., April 24 at 8 p.m. and April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Customers can purchase or exchange previously purchased tickets by calling the box office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 770-426-4800 or email email@example.com.
- Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw has canceled the Rose Garden Gala, a fundraising event scheduled for May. The Gardens hopes to schedule a new event in June or July, possibly a Sunday afternoon Garden Party. The Easter Egg Hunt at the Gardens is still scheduled, but ticket sales are suspended until the decision has been finalized. Garden Manager Lisa Bartlett is not able to secure plants and donations needed for the April Plant Sale, so that event will be canceled and rescheduled for a later date.
- The nation’s largest movie theater chain AMC announced that it would close all locations across the country for at least six to 12 weeks.
- Major movie theaters Regal and NCG Cinemas announced they will close for the foreseeable future.
- Democratic Party of Georgia Chairwoman Nikema Williams announced the DPG has decided to postpone all events for the foreseeable future.
- The Georgia Symphony Orchestra announced that The Walk Together Children concert on April 4 featuring the Georgia Symphony Chorus and the Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers has been postponed. A new date has not been determined. Patrons who have purchased tickets to either event will be contacted via email with further information.
- The April 23 performance of Baby Shark Live! at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre will be rescheduled for a later date.
- The 2020 Change the Way You Age EXPO, scheduled for May 13, has been rescheduled for Aug. 12 at the Cobb County Civic Center.
- The Cobb Young Republicans have canceled all events and meetings.
- The Northside Hospital Cherokee Easter Eggstravaganza has been canceled for 2020.
Cities and Government
- All Cobb Zagster bike share programs are closed. For more information, visit https://www.zagster.com/covid-19-letter.
- The Cobb County Republican Women's Club 2020 Candidate Forum Committee announced that since the Cobb County Commission chambers and Cobb TV are closed to public gatherings through April and possibly May, there is no scheduled date for their Candidate Forum. The Committee hopes to reschedule the
- The following City of Kennesaw committee meetings are canceled until further notice - the March 30 Mayor and Council Work Session, the April 1 Planning Commission, the April 2 Plan Review Committee and Events Committee.
- forum with Cobb County Republican candidates at a later date. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Cobb County Board of Commissioners regular meeting on April 14 and the BOC Agenda Work Session on April 13 have been canceled.
- The City of Kennesaw announced that the following committee meetings are canceled until further notice - The March 25 Kennesaw/Acworth 911 Advisory Board, the March 25 Construction Board of Appeals, the March 26 Plan Review Committee and the March 26 Kennesaw Citizen Advisory Committee and Keep Kennesaw Beautiful Subcommittee.
- The Marietta Visitors Bureau and Welcome Center have become a virtual visitor center. Visitors will be able to call the center at 770-429-1115 for tourism-related information. The center will continue to field requests for maps, brochures and guides. Visitors can also email email@example.com. Staff are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. All other visitor information can be found at www.visitmariettaga.com.
- The Cobb County Police Department made the following announcements: The Records Unit at the front lobby of Cobb Police Headquarters will remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. While the lobby remains open, the Department encourages the public to call 770-499-3900 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday or www.CobbPolice.com when possible to get copies of accident and/or incident reports. The Permits Office is closed until further notice. The Evidence Unit is closed and suspending property pickups through April 7. In the event an item is needed for an emergency (medication, currency, house/car keys, etc.), the public can call 770-499-4128 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Allatoona Lake announced that residents should expect both temporary and partial closures at their recreation area facilities.
- U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia, has closed her Senate offices in Atlanta and Washington and staff will be working under a modified operating status, including telework, until further notice.
- Marietta Power & Water announced that it will not disconnect residential or commercial customers for nonpayment through April 6. Marietta Power and Water will be evaluating the situation to determine if that date needs to be expanded. The company remains open for business during this time. In order to mitigate the potential for exposure to both employees and customers, the company asks that customers use the drive through window, mariettapowerandwater.com or the automated phone line at 770-794-5150.
- The April 13 Special Called Meeting/Work Session Agenda Review for the Cobb County Board of Zoning Appeals has been canceled.
- The April 15 Special Called Meeting of the Cobb County Planning Commission has been canceled.
- The Georgia Department of Driver Services has suspended all road testing, non-commercial and commercial, until further notice. Some DDS Customer Service Centers have also closed due to workforce shortages. For more information, visit www.dds.georgia.gov or download the mobile app, DDS 2 GO, to handle most licensing needs.
- All City of Acworth events and programs scheduled through May 10 have been postponed.
- City of Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling announced that City Hall, including Public Works, will be closed to in-person, public access through March 31. Other closures at this time include - the Ben Robertson Community Center; City of Kennesaw Municipal Court; Frank Boone Dog Park at Swift-Cantrell Park; the Kennesaw Skatepark at Swift-Cantrell Park; playgrounds at Adams Park, Depot Park & Swift-Cantrell Park; Smith-Gilbert Gardens and the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. The essential service functions, including Public Safety, Public Works and Code Compliance will not be interrupted. Select City staff are equipped to work remotely, using cell phones and laptops. The City’s mainline number, 770-424-8274, will be answered and calls will be routed as necessary. Staff members will return calls in the same manner as if City Hall were open for access. The City of Kennesaw encourages use of the Online Payment Portal at this time for paying citations, sanitation, property tax and business taxes/license.
- The City of Marietta Parks, Recreation & Facilities' Custer Park Sports & Fitness Center, Hugh L. Grogan Jr. Community Center, all PAL programming and all special events have been suspended or canceled until further notice. For more information, visit http://www.mariettaga.gov/1357/COVID-19-Information.
- The April 7 Cobb County Planning Commission Zoning Hearing has been rescheduled to May 5.
- The April 15 Cobb County Board of Zoning Appeals Variance Hearing has been rescheduled to May 13.
- The April 21 Cobb County Board of Commissioners Zoning Hearing has been rescheduled to May 19.
- East Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott canceled the town hall at East Cobb Library, April 21.
- The Georgia General Assembly announced it will suspend the 2020 legislative session indefinitely.
- The Cobb Chamber of Commerce is postponing all events and business-related travel through April 10. They are also postponing all meetings during this time or changing committee meetings to conference calls.
- The Georgia Public Service Commission announced that all state employees who have the ability to telework should work from home in a continuing effort to hamper the spread of COVID-19. The Commissioners also have encouraged all individuals interested in matters relating to the PSC to use the Commission's web-based resources to avoid interpersonal contact at Commission offices. Limited staff will remain on hand.
- Acworth's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources announced it is suspending all city sponsored and affiliated activities, classes, programs, and events through April 1. This includes the Acworth Baseball Association.
- A Judicial Emergency has been declared and trials halted for 30 days in all Cobb County courts. This means no jurors will have to appear in the courthouse and other civil and non-judicial matters to be limited.
- Cobb's tax commissioner has closed the west Cobb tag office at 3858 Kemp Ridge Road in Acworth until further notice. For other locations, visit cobbtax.org/locations/MVLocations.
- Events scheduled at Cobb County PARKS' facilities and senior centers have been canceled.
- The Georgia Department of Driver Services will be providing a 120-day extension for driver’s license and identification card holders age 60 and older. Customers aged 60 years of age and older whose license or ID card is valid with an expiration from March through June 30 will be automatically mailed an updated card with a 120-day extension. Eligible customers will receive a notice prior to the issuance alerting them to watch their mail for the special card. There are some exclusions including commercial drivers, non-citizens, and limited term permit holders. For more information, visit dds.georgia.gov or https://dds.georgia.gov/your-georgia-drivers-license/online-services before visiting in person.
- Preppy Pet Marietta is temporarily closed. Those in need of emergency pet services can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Evene Day Spa, 55 Atlanta Street SE in Marietta, is closing temporarily.
- Dough in The Box Donuts has decided to temporarily close both of its locations and plan to reopen on April 10.
- Cumberland Diamond Exchange has decided to close until further notice.
- The South Cobb Business Association is suspending all SCBA activities for April and May. The SCBA also asks residents to join them for virtual conversations about what businesses are doing to support their employees, the local community and global community at https://www.facebook.com/South-Cobb-Business-Association-258914684132716.
- The Smyrna Business Association luncheon for April 2 has been canceled. The SBA's April 16 expo is postponed. The SBA's scholarship deadline has been extended by two weeks. Applications are now due on April 13. for more information, visit https://smyrnabusiness.org/disaster-response.
- Kirkland's temporarily closed all stores.
- Marietta Eye Clinic will close all clinic locations, except for the Kennestone campus at 895 Canton Road in Marietta.
- Waterloo Sunset Records, 900 Battery Avenue SE in the Cumberland area, announced that it will be temporarily closed until further notice.
- Walmart announced late Saturday it is limiting store hours to keep inventory in stock and to clean and sanitize. Stores will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice.
- Publix Super Markets announced its store and pharmacy hours companywide are to close at 8 p.m. nightly until further notice, to give time to sanitize and to restock products.
- The company that owns Cumberland Mall has announced all of its shopping centers will have new hours to allow for "rigorous cleanings" while staying open for employees and shoppers. Cumberland Mall, along with all Brookfield Properties in the U.S., will operate noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Visitors to businesses within the mall should check the restaurant or store hours ahead of time. For more information, visit www.cumberlandmall.com.
- The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta is closed now through April 1.
- Gas South announced that it is allowing all employees to work from home. The company has equipped every employee with a laptop fully integrated with the company's systems and servers, as well as a new $25 stipend added to every employee’s biweekly checks to support the cost of a high-speed broadband connection in their homes.
- Stockyard Burgers and Bones is temporarily closed.
- The Wing Cafe and Tap House, 2145 Roswell Road, Suite 170 in Marietta, announced that it has temporarily closed.
- Chef & Owner Doug Turbush announced it will temporarily stop operating at Seed Kitchen & Bar, Stem Wine Bar and Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar. The move will displace over 100 of their team members. Turbush has set up a GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-seed-amp-drift-families-through-the-pandemic?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&fbclid=IwAR236eMv9lB5I00-AcTxoBwZErMKwEIO9u5hF98BVvJOT7TZvdqp-y5H7sM. 100% of any funds raised going directly to their team members.
- A sign on Hemingway's Bar and Grill in Marietta announced that they have closed.
- Schoolhouse Brewing announced that they will be moving to limited hours for the foreseeable future. The hours will be for to-go beer and homebrewing supplies. All taproom events, both public and private, are canceled. The company will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
- Hawg and Ale Smokehouse in Marietta announced they will close.
- Zaxby's, Firehouse Subs and The Varsity have suspended seating service and are now just drive-thru or to-go orders only.
- There will be no classes held in person on any Kennesaw State University campuses for the remainder of the semester. Students will complete the Spring 2020 semester through remote learning programs.
- Residence halls at KSU will be closed to students with very few exceptions provided. Only students who are unable to return home or cannot find alternative housing will be considered to remain on campus. University housing will contact students directly to schedule appointments for individuals to return to campus to retrieve personal belongings.
- All USG institutions will remain open but will operate with minimal staffing on campus to ensure the continuity of critical services.
- Kennesaw State University canceled all study abroad programs for spring and summer in China, South Korea, Italy and Iran, the countries hit hardest by the virus.
- The Cobb and Marietta school districts announced they will close schools until further notice.
- The University System of Georgia announced all institutions will temporarily suspend instruction for two weeks.
- Mount Paran Christian School announced it will suspend classes on campus and move to a virtual learning environment.
- North Cobb Christian School will be closed to students and parents. This will include all school-sponsored activities, both on and off campus, until further notice.
- Major League Rugby announced that all remaining 2020 matches are canceled as a result of the COVID-19 global crisis. In the meantime, fans are encouraged to watch players from the 12 MLR teams participate in virtual games on Twitch. All MLR competitions are going virtual. Rugby ATL is joining other MLR teams by participating in a virtual competition. The current MLR match schedule will continue with players from each team competing against one another in Rugby 20, via a live stream. Players will compete in full MLR kit and will have live commentary from teammates.
- The Southeastern Conference has canceled all spring football games. This includes the University of Georgia's annual 'G-Day' game on April 18 at Sanford Stadium. The SEC also decided to cancel all competitions for the remainder of the 2019-2020 athletic year, including all its remaining championship events. The SEC said that automatic ticket refunds for SEC baseball and softball tournaments will be distributed starting on March 31. The SEC also suspended all athletic activities, including team workouts, practices and meetings through April 15.
- Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. conducted a conference call early this week with the 30 Clubs of Major League Baseball. The opening of the 2020 regular season will be pushed back. MLB will keep fans updated on decisions regarding plans for the 2020 schedule in the days and weeks ahead. The Clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins.
- Major League Rugby (MLR) has decided to suspend all matches for 30 days to assess the impact of COVID-19.
- Winnwood Retirement Community in Marietta has closed its doors to visitors, allowing only essential medical personnel to visit its residents.
- Arbor Terrace at Burnt Hickory, a senior living community in Marietta, announced it will no longer allow visitors in the community until further notice. The community is also asking all residents to remain on the community grounds unless they need medical care.
- Kennesaw-based nursing home Ross Memorial Healthcare Center implemented a lockdown, which is scheduled to last two weeks.