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A Running List of Dallas Cancellations and Changes Due to Coronavirus

COVID-19 is changing plans all over town. And we should probably just cancel everything. (Last updated: 3/20/20)

Last updated 3/25/20 10 a.m.

If you live in Dallas County, you’re under an order to shelter-in-place. Your event is off if it isn’t listed here.

Mayor Eric Johnson has already banned all public gatherings in the city of Dallas of more than 50 people. The ban is good through April 29, but will likely be extended. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have advised groups of 50 or more to not gather for at least eight weeks. Dallas County has banned social gatherings of 10 or more. We’ll keep this post updated, but expect it to thin out due to these prohibitions.

Think before you decide to go somewhere.

Schools, Public Offices, Etc.

WFAA has a running list of schools that have closed. Here’s where we are on that:

  • Dallas ISD is closed indefinitely.
  • Richardson ISD is closed.
  • Cistercian Preparatory School canceled classes, according to a letter. No extra-curriculars, either.
  • Jesuit Dallas moved its classes online for March 12 and 13.
  • St. Rita Catholic School shut down on Tuesday after an extended member of the community tested positive for COVID-19. Mass begins again on March 14; the campus is being cleaned to CDC standards.
  • Ursuline Academy of Dallas moved its classes online for March 12 and 13.
  • St. Mark’s is holding online classes through March 27.
  • Hockaday is holding online classes through April 3.
  • Torah School of Dallas joined Akiba, Yavneh, Levine Academy, and Mesorah High School in ceasing classes next week.
  • Dallas Baptist University is having an extra week of spring break. Classes start again online March 23. In-person classes are scheduled to start on April 6, but that could change.
  • Rockwall ISD has extended its spring break another week.
  • Ditto for UT Arlington. Mavericks have an extra week of spring break with classes resuming March 23 online. Campus tours, events, and activities aren’t happening at least until April 6.
  • The University of North Texas canceled in-person classes through March 22. Classes will begin again on March 23, but that could change.
  • UNT Dallas and its College of Law have extended spring break a week, until March 20. Plans for what comes after are forthcoming, but bet on streaming.
  • The University of Texas at Dallas has extended spring break another week and will hold its classes online when they resume on March 30.
  • Collin College is expanding spring break by a week.

Here is the statement from the county regarding the courts:

Dallas County is cancelling all jury trials for Dallas County Criminal Courts, Civil Courts and Justice of the Peace (J.P.) Courts through May 8, 2020. Dallas County citizens summoned to appear at the Frank Crowley Criminal Courthouse, at the George Allen Civil Courthouse, or a J.P. Court prior to May 8, 2020 should not report nor call to reschedule their service.

City libraries, cultural centers, and recreation centers are closed. As of 9 p.m. on March 17, playgrounds and golf courses are closed. Parks remain open, even if they have those components.

Religion

Bishop Edward Burns has suspended all Masses through March 30. Full statement below, via Holy Trinity:

March 13, 2020

At Holy Trinity, your health, both spiritual and physical, is important to us. As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has developed globally and more recently throughout the Dallas community, we have taken small measures to help protect your health while visiting our facilities. As the situation continues to develop, it has become clear that these small measures will not be sufficient for us to play an integral role in preventing the spread of the virus.

On Friday, March 13th, Bishop Edward Burns announced that, effective immediately, the Diocese of Dallas is suspending all Masses, both weekend and daily, through March 30, 2020. This announcement came on the heels of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins declarin g a public healthy emergency late Thursday night, which prohibits the gathering of more than 500 people in a public or private capacity.

As the situation progresses, Holy Trinity Parish will continue to keep parishioners and visitors updated via our website. Please check our website, htccd.org, regularly for the status of other meetings or gatherings held on parish grounds.

It is important to note that, while we are in a time of crisis, your financial support is still needed for the parish to continue to run seamlessly. We encourage all parishioners to continue to make their weekly contributions online at htccd.weshareonline.org/ or by texting a dollar amount ($XXX) to 214-496-5234.

Please continue to pray for those affected by this disease to be healed and for its spread to be contained as our community takes drastic preventative measures.

Synagogues are not holding public services this Shabbos, March 13-14. The statement from Orh HaTorah Dallas:

Since we sent out yesterday’s communication, we have learned of two cases of community-based transmission that have taken place in Collin and Dallas Counties. Upon the advice of infectious disease physicians and halachic advisors, we have made the  decision to cancel services this Shabbos, March 13-14.
We will be praying at home, alone, and ask that no one initiate private minyanim instead (and cancel the ones that are ongoing).This exceedingly difficult step was motivated by an abiding concern for Pikuach Nefesh, and the strong assertion that “social distancing” measures are most effective in saving lives as a result of the subsequent reduction in the burden on the health care system. As the situation continues to change, we will be monitoring it constantly and will be keeping you updated on any changes.
We recognize the central role our shuls play in the spiritual and social fabric of our communities. We also recognize that this will affect the ability of people to pray with a minyan when they need it the most, such as those who say kaddish.
No doubt, the lives saved as a result of adherence to these measures will serve as an equal or greater merit to the soul of the deceased than the actual recitation of Kaddish.
As  the world retreats further inward and further barriers are placed on interaction between people, It is especially important that we find ways to continue to interact with one another- virtually through opportunities to increase our Torah study, reaching out to one another through acts of chesed and sustaining our communities through tzedaka. Times of duress may test our faith, but they prove our character. May we all rise to the occasion!
Wishing everyone a healthy, peaceful Shabbos
Rabbi Shlomo Abrams, Jewish Learning Center
Rabbi Aryeh Feigenbaum, Congregation Ohr Hatorah
Rabbi Yerachmiel Fried, DATA
Rabbi Avi Honingsfeld, DATA of Richardson
Rabbi Ariel Rackovsky, Congregation Shaare Tefilla
Rabbi Yaakov Rich, Congregation Toras Chaim
Rabbi Daniel Ringelheim, Texas Torah Institute
Rabbi Moshe Siegel, DATA of Richardson
Rabbi Ronen Shimon, Young Israel of Dallas
Rabbi Nasanya Zakon, DATA Plano

Temple Emanu-El has suspended large gatherings including morning minyan, Shabbat services, and ECEC classes.

Congregation Shearith Israel has suspended all services, events, and education until at least March 29. So too for Temple Shalom. 

The Kosher Chili Cook Off is canceled.

Watermark Church has gone digital. Stream services here.

Cross Timbers Church has closed both its campuses this weekend. Live stream services here.

Park Cities Presbyterian Church will be streaming their services this Sunday, March 15. There will be no in-person services.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has canceled its services.

Entertainment

The city of Dallas canceled the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which was scheduled for March 14. It attracts around 125,000 people annually. If you must partake, there are other things still happening

AEG and Live Nation have suspended their larger tours. Meaning, if something was booked at the AAC or AT&T Stadium in the next month, you should probably assume it’s postponed.

Fortress Festival, the weekend-long music fest in Fort Worth’s Cultural District set for April 25 and 26, has been called off. Future dates have not been announced.

The Dallas Arboretum is closed indefinitely.

The Dallas Museum of Art has canceled all its museum programs through April 3 and is closed indefinitely. Need a refund? Email here.

The Kimbell and the Modern in Fort Worth are closed.

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is now closed indefinitely.

Dallas Summer Musicals has canceled all upcoming performances of Come From Away, scheduled to run through March 22, at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

The Dallas Art Fair will now happen in October. No word yet on the ancillary events, like the Art Ball and the Eye Ball party, but it doesn’t look good.

The Art Dallas Contemporary Art Fair, scheduled for April 16 through 19, is off. From Glasstire: “This was to be its first year in Dallas.” The report says it’s off until 2021.

The Nasher Prize events will happen at the end of the year, instead of April. “We are postponing the Nasher Prize gala and its public ancillary events. The new dates for the 2020 Nasher Prize, including all Nasher Prize public programs, will be November 4-6, 2020. The graduate symposium will take place November 4; the Laureate lecture November 5; the Dialogues panel discussion on social practice on the morning of November 6; and the award gala the evening of November 6.

Speaking of the Nasher, all public events have been canceled until May. The museum is also closed indefinitely. 

Dallas Symphony Orchestra has suspended its programming through March 22.

The Dallas Contemporary has canceled its annual Gala, originally set to take place on Saturday, March 28. The museum has also postponed the opening of its spring exhibitions indefinitely.

The Rolling Stones’ May 29 stop at the Cotton Bowl has been postponed. No new date yet.

The NBA season is postponed. No word from the Mavericks yet on refunds.

Major League Soccer has postponed its season.

The NHL season is also postponed. No word from the Stars about refunds.

This weekend’s Torres-Empire Super Show at Fair Park has been canceled.

The Eagles have postponed their March 17 show at the American Airlines Center. There is no new date yet.

NorthPark has postponed its Bunny Rabbit Days photo promotion. No new date is scheduled.

The Dallas Zoo and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park are closing their doors to the public through at least March 20.

The Dallas Quilt Show has been canceled on March 13, 14, and 15. It was scheduled to happen at Market Center.

The TITAS: Dance Unbound series at the Winspear is canceled on March 13 and 14.

The Conference USA Championships are being played in Frisco without fans have been canceled.

USA Gymnastics has canceled all of its public events through March.

The North Texas Cricket League has postponed all matches for the next two weeks.

The Globe Life Park kickoff with Chris Stapleton and Willie Nelson has been postponed. It was scheduled for March 14. 

ChingonX Badass Music Fest, originally Sat. March 14, is canceled at Four Corners Brewing. Their Facebook post: “In consideration of the ongoing developments regarding COVID-19, consultation with Dallas County Health and artist availability, we have decided to postpone the inaugural ChingonX Music Festival. We have continued to monitor the situation closely and are following the guidance of the Dallas County Health and Human Services and the CDC. While we are disappointed to postpone this weekend’s event, we look forward to presenting our Badass Music Fest and providing guests the best experience possible at a later date.”

Denton’s Thin Line Fest, a music, film, and photography festival, has announced that it will go virtual instead of holding the event, which was scheduled for March 25-29.

Sandwich Hag’s Annual World Down Syndrome Tet New Year Night Market, originally Sat. March 21. (Announcement via IG.) Now canceled. “With the current state of emergency, events with 500+ attendees has been banned through Friday 3/20. Even though our night market is Saturday 3/21, we think the right thing to do for everyone, is to cancel. Thank you to every single one of our vendors, chefs, artisans, loyal supporters. In the meantime, please continue to support small businesses if you’re feeling healthy. Scroll through the next two images to see what some of the steps we’re taking to keep our team and customers safe.”

Other

From the Dallas Bar Association: “It is with sadness at the current state of world health and with the safety of our community in mind that the Dallas Bar Association has decided to close the Belo Mansion effective Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7 a.m.  The closure will last through March 31, 2020. All bar meetings at Belo and our CLE Clinic sites will be postponed or cancelled. We will work with our sections and committees to provide alternate options for virtual meetings or online CLE.  And, we will continuously assess the need to remain closed past March 31. We will communicate with you via our website, email, and social media. The DBA staff is working and available to help you, and our online CLE platform is available at www.dallasbar.org.  Please reach out to us if you need help.”

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