Closures due to coronavirus

(WKOW) -- Cher has postponed her Here We Go Again Tour amidst coronavirus concerns. She was scheduled to play a show at the Kohl Center in Madison on April 9, now it will be held on September 24.

(WKOW) -- Organizers for the Canoecopia canceled the paddlesports expo Thursday.

"It is with a very heavy heart that we announce that we have cancelled Canoecopia 2020," organizers wrote on theirwebsite for the event.

The event had been scheduled to run March 13 to March 15 at the Alliant Energy Center.

The next Canoecopia is scheduled for March 12 to March 14, 2021.

(WKOW) -- The Dane County Farmers' Market Board of Directors canceled Saturday’s Late Winter Market at Garver Feed Mill.

The event was originally scheduled to take place on March 14 from 8 a.m. to noon.

The announcement, made via a press release Thursday, came in response to Gov. Tony Evers declaring a state of emergency over the coronavirus' potential spread.

So far, only this coming Saturday's market is canceled.

(WKOW) -- Unity Point HealthMeriter announced restrictions on hospital visitations.

The limitations include only two parents will be allowed in the NICU. In all other areas of the hospital, one visitor will be permitted in each patient room.

The announcement came in a press release sent Thursday.

A full list of the restrictionsis available here.

(WKOW) -- The River Food Pantry announced multiple changes to its service Thursday that will remain in effect "until further notice."

The announcement came via a press release.

Included in the changes are a cessation to hot meal and clothing distribution. All volunteer groups will also be canceled.

"If you are a client or volunteer of The River, we urge you to stay home if you are feeling sick," the food pantry said.

A full list of thechanges is available here.

(WKOW) -- The United States Hockey Leauge, which includes the Madison Capitols, suspended its remaining season "until further notice."

The decision came via a press release Thursday.

"For the present time, we ask that our fans hold tight as more information becomes available over the coming days and weeks," the press release said.

Fans with questions may contact the Capitols at (608) 257-CAPS or by email at

(WKOW) -- Sauk County announced it had established a hotline dedicated to the coronavirus Thursday.

Sauk County Public Health and Emergency Management created the line for coronavirus-related questions, according to a press release from the county.

"This hotline is a general hotline and is not intended to answer any medical related (sic) questions," the press release said. "If you feel you are suffering from Coronavirus symptoms please contact your medical provider."

The number for the hotline is (608) 355-3200.

(WKOW) -- The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin canceled all of its programs through April 30.

"Out of an abundance of caution and consideration of CDC guidelines related to [the coronavirus] and the population we serve, the ADAW has made the decision to cancel all groups and educational programming for the remainder of March and all of April," Executive Director Jennifer Bauer said.

The organization said it would continue to monitor the virus response over the next several weeks before making a decision on May programing.

(WKOW) -- Women in Apprenticeship postponed its Women in the Trades Fair Thursday.

"Our highest priority is to ensure the health and safety for all attendees, participants and presenters," Stephanie Moreno, a coordinator for the group, said in an email.

The decision was made to keep with recommendations made by Public Health Madison and Dane County.

A new date for the event has not been announced. It was originally scheduled to take place at the IBEW Local 159 Training Center in McFarland.

(WKOW) -- Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) postponed three town halls scheduled for Tuesday, March 17.

Grothman said in a press release sent Thursday he plans to hold more town hall meetings in April but did not say exactly where or when.

The congressman had planned to hold the events in Poynette, Wyocena and Friesland.

(WKOW) -- The Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) said Thursday it would move its Toto’s Gala fundraiser online.

“We were looking forward to a glamorous night of puppy greeters, cocktails, dinner and dancing, having a good time making a big impact for the animals in our community, but the health and safety of our community must come first,” says Pam McCloud Smith, executive director of DCHS.

Donations can be made online at

The gala is the largest fundraising event of the year for DCHS. It had been scheduled for Friday, March 13 at the Monona Terrace.

(WKOW) -- YWCA Rock County announced Thursday it would postpone its Family Fun Night scheduled for Friday, March 13.

The reason for the delay was "growing concerns over the coronavirus," the group announced in a press release.

“Because the situation with the coronavirus is rapidly evolving, we are making this decision out of an abundance of caution,” said Angela Moore, YWCA Rock County Executive Director. “We take the health of the families and communities we serve seriously.”

The event does not yet have a new date.

(WKOW) -- The Alliant Energy Center announced that the Jason Aldean concert scheduled for Thursday would be postponed.

"We have been informed by Live Nation that they are postponing tonight’s Jason Aldean concert," organizers announced from the center's Twitter account. "Your ticket will be good for the rescheduled date."

The venue did not say when the concert would take place.

The Alliant Evergy Center said it would release more information as it is provided to them.

(WKOW) -- Madison College is extending its spring break to March 29 in response to "escalating concerns" surrounding the spread of the coronavirus.

The college's spring break will now run from March 14 to March 29, according to an email from the school's president, Dr. Jack Daniels III.

Additional details regarding online and alternative course plans beginning March 30 "will be forthcoming."

College events involving 50 or more attendees through April 5 are canceled.

The school also canceled all current sports seasons.

(WKOW) -- The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art canceled Thursday an opening reception and artist talk originally set for Friday.

MMoCA’s education programs scheduled for the upcoming weekend, including Friday’s ArtZone, Saturday’s drop-in tour of the Uncommon Accumulation exhibition, and Sunday’s Kids’ Art Adventure, were also canceled, according to a press release from the Museum.

MMoCA made the decision to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

"At this time, MMoCA galleries and the Museum Store remain open, and the museum has taken additional steps to minimize the spread of the virus, including posting hygiene-related recommendations, providing hand sanitizer at key locations in the museum and increasing the cleaning and sanitizing of museum spaces," Museum staff wrote.

(WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Tourism announced Thursday the postponement of the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism (WIGCOT).

The event is now scheduled for May 26 to May 28 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison.

“Postponing the conference was not a decision our team took lightly; our industry leaders want to be in their communities working to lead during this uncertain time and that is exactly where they should be,” said Sara Meaney, Tourism Secretary-designee. “We look forward to sharing results from our tourism efforts in 2019 as well as some exciting updates about our long-term planning over the next few weeks. Of course, I also look forward to our industry gathering to celebrate our shared successes at WIGCOT 2020 in May.”

The convention brings approximately 900 representatives of Wisconsin's tourism industry together.

(WKOW) -- The Badger Prairie Needs Network (BPNN) suspended its free community meal through at least April.

The announcement came in a press release Thursday.

"Badger Prairie Needs Network officials decided Wednesday that caution should hold sway against the COVID-19 virus," BPNN wrote. "The organization has decided to discontinue its free community meal on Saturdays through April and will reevaluate conditions at that time."

Between 130 and 150 people attend the Verona-based Saturday meal.

(WKOW) -- University Theatre announced it canceled UW-Madison's performances of The Wolves Thursday.

The decision, announced in a press release, is in keeping with the school's decision to cancel all campus events.

The play was slated to run from April 9 to April 15.

"Ticket buyers will be contacted soon with instructions on disposition of their tickets to cancelled performances," University Theatre wrote.

(WKOW) -- The Madison St. Patrick's Day Parade is canceled.

"The 23rd annual Madison St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been canceled due to concerns raised about the health and safety of our community,"organizers wrote on their website.

The post-parade party at LJ's was also canceled.

The event was originally scheduled for Sunday, March 15.

Donations to the UW Carbone Cancer Center, Gigi’s Playhouse or Logan’s Heart & Smiles will still go to the causes, according to the organizers.

(WKOW) -- The Shamrock Shuffle will not be held Saturday.

The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County announced the cancellation on their website Thursday.

"This is a $100k fundraiser for the Club and there will be financial ramifications due to the cancellation of the event," the club said.

Three-thousand runners and walkers were scheduled to participate.

(WKOW) -- Ho-Chunk tribal leaders postponed their 21st annual Ho-Chunk Nation March Madness Basketball Tournament indefinitely.

Nation President Marlon WhiteEagle signed the order Wednesday because of the Coronavirus'spandemic designation by the World Health Organization.

WhiteEagle said it was "due to concerns for Ho-Chunk Tribal members, as well as other tribal communities and non-tribal communities."

A spokesperson with the Ho-Chunk Nation says the yearly tournament draws Native American Athletes from all over the country as well as Canada.

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