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Coronavirus Closures in NELA

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Updated 8:32 p.m. 3/20/2020

The following businesses and entites have announced closures in northeast Louisiana:

  • The Ouachita Parish Public Library is closed until April 13, waiving late fees, asking patrons not to return materials at this time, and encouraging use of the Library's e-services.
  • State Offices of Motor Vehicles are closed statewide.
  • The Black Bayou Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is closed until further notice; however, the animal exhibit in the learning center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and trails remain open sunrise to sunset.
  • The Masur Museum of Art in Monroe is closed, and the Art Off the Wall fundraiser scheduled for April 24 has been rescheduled for September 25.
  • Catahoula and Concordia Parishes have instituted a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. that will be "strictly enforced." Exceptions will be made for those driving to and from work.
  • The West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce is closed to visitors.
  • Chennault Avitation & Military Museum, temporarily closing as of 3/16/20.
  • Louisiana Tech University, classes online beginning March 16.
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe, no face-to-face classes March 16-18; classes online only March 19. All sporting events cancelled.
  • Grambling State University, classes suspended March 16-20, classes online only following. Students urged to leave campus no later than March 23.
  • Louisiana Delta Community College; classes cancelled. Campus is closed Monday, March 16, essential employees only on March 17, all faculty and staff return March 20.
  • All K-12 schools are suspended through April 10. Cafeterias will remain open whenever possible to feed students in need.
  • Ouachita Christian School is closed through April 13.
  • River Oaks School closed through April 13.
  • D'Arbonne Woods Charter School closed through April 14.
  • Grace Episcopal School has cancelled classes; reopening April 14.
  • Claiborne Christian School closed through April 14.
  • Cedar Creek is closed through April 13.
  • Northminster Church services will be online only at least through March 21.
  • The Monroe Chamber of Commerce has postponed public events through April 6.
  • Monroe Symphony Orchestra, postponed the "Sounds of Broadway" concert on March 14.
  • St. Paddy's Day Bicycle Parade, cancelled by the West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce.
  • First West in West Monroe will move all church services online beginning March 15 until further notice.
  • Family Church will hold services online until further notice.
  • Bayou Masterworks Chorale has cancelled rehearsals on March 16 and March 23.
  • Living Well Foundation Luncheon March 17, postponed.
  • ULM's production of the musical Jekyll & Hyde March 19-22 is postponed.
  • Strauss Theatre Center's production of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is postponed.
  • Junior League Spring Market, March 20-22, postponed.
  • Rendezvous at the Zoo, March 26, postponed.
  • Celebrity Lip Sync Battle, March 26, postponed.
  • Roe City Rollers, March 28, postponed.
  • Clerk of Court Pre-Election Class, March 30 is postponed.
  • The Unity in the Community choral concert on April 4 is cancelled.
  • The Franklin Parish Catfish Festival on April 4 is cancelled.
  • The Louisiana primary scheduled for Aprul 4 has been postponed until June 20. 
  • All public K-12 schools statewide are suspended through April 10. Cafeterias will remain open whenever possible to feed students in need.
  • Laugh Out Loud Comedy Show, April 11, postponed.
  • The City of Monroe has closed the Monroe Civic Center, all community centers, and Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo until futher notice.
  • The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens and museum store are closed until futher notice.
  • The City of West Monroe announced closures beginning March 17 of the West Ouachita Senior Center, the West Monroe Community Center, The Rec, and the City of West Monroe Utility Payment Center located inside City Hall.
  • The Schepis Museum in Columbia, closed until further notice.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Day, scheduled for March 28, is postponed.
  • Northminster Church in Monroe; postponed "Daughters of Eve" performance on March 14.

In a press conference Monday afternoon, Governor John Bel Edwards limits any public gathering to less than 50 people, and closed bars, gyms, casinos, movie theatres, and the dining rooms of restaurants.
Further updates will be posted as they become available.