Some Moore County events are being canceled as concerns grow about the COVID-19 coronavirus. There have been two reported cases in the county. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 80 percent of known COVID-19 illness is mild. The CDC says people who are at higher risk for contracting the virus are older adults, and people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

Please check back as this list will be updated as more events and gatherings may get canceled or postponed.

Please email Editor@SandhillsSentinel.com to add your canceled or postponed event to the list.

Schools, Sports:

~Governor Roy Cooper closed all schools in the state in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Therefore, Moore County Schools will be closed to students from March 16 until at least May 15.

~O’Neal School will begin spring break early start March 16 This will be a professional day for teachers to refine and complete their plans to provide distance learning if that is required. They expect to return to normal classes on March 30.
 
O’Neal is suspending the use of facilities by groups beyond its community. In addition, USA Swimming has recommended a 30 day hiatus for aquatic programs, so physical education, lessons and the Pelagics program will be halted for the next few weeks. O’Neal will be suspending contests and practices at the end of the day Friday, March 13.
 
O’Neal is suspending after school, extracurricular programs and field trips until further notice. When school is in session, aftercare will be available following the normal schedule.

~NCHSAA has postponed the 2020 Men’s and Women’s Basketball State Championships indefinitely and suspended interscholastic athletics beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 13 through at least May 18.

~AC Sandhills board of directors suspended all club activities, training and games until further notice. 

 

Government:

~ Effective 5 p.m. March 25, the following businesses statewide are closed per Gov. Cooper’s Executive Order:

Bingo Parlors

Bowling Alleys

Ice Skating Rinks

Indoor Exercise Facilities (e.g. gyms, yoga studios, and martial arts facilities)

Health Clubs

Indoor Pools

Live Performance Venues

Movie Theaters

Roller skating Rinks

Spas

Sweepstakes Lounges

Video game arcades

Barber Shops

Beauty Salons

Hair Salons

Manicure/Pedicure Providers

Massage Therapy

Nail Salons

Tattoo Parlors

~Gov. Cooper ordered all in dining restaurants and bars to close. Curbside pickup and drive thru windows remain open.

~The Moore County Sheriff’s Office has suspended inmate visitation indefinitely as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of coronavirus.

~Effective Wednesday 03/18/20, ALL Southern Pines Town offices, with the exception of the lobby at the Police Department, will be closed to the public through March 27th On-line resources, secured drop boxes, and other alternative means of conducting business with the Town will remain available during this period.

~Aberdeen Parks & Recreation athletics and programs starting Monday, March 16th through Tuesday, March 31st. Also, all facility and park rentals have been cancelled through April 14th. Staff will be in contact with renters to discuss refunds or rescheduling of rentals.

Also, the Water Department lobby will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17th through Monday, April 6th. Customers can pay their water bill with one of the following options:

– Drive-thru window (115 N. Poplar St.)
– Dropbox at the end of the drive-thru
– Online – https://bit.ly/3d8jMV0
– Telephone – 1-833-431-1748

~The Southern Pines Library facility will be closed to the public through March 27. On-line resources will remain available during this period. All physical materials currently on loan will have their due dates extended until April 3. All Town Recreation and Parks programs have been suspended through March 27. Summer camp and Spring/Summer Athletic Registration will still open March 16 and individuals interested in participating are urged to utilize our on-line resources to sign-up. The Douglas Community Center public operating hours of Monday through Friday 8:30 am-5 pm have been suspended through March 27.

~Pinehurst’s Cannon Park Community Center, Arboretum, Fair Barn, and park rentals and reservations scheduled from today through Tuesday, April 14 will be canceled. Staff will reach out to all affected rentals and make every effort to find alternative dates to accommodate those impacted by the Executive Order. All scheduled Parks and Recreation programs, athletics, activities, trips, and open gym times have been suspended through Monday, March 30. The Cannon Park Community Center and the George P. Lane Welcome Center will be closed to the public through Monday, March 30.

~Whispering Pines Village Hall is closed to the public from March 19 – April 3. The Community Building is closed. 

~Sandy Ramey Keith Park in Vass will be closed until further notice.

Fort Bragg:

~Fort Bragg Schools will be open for staff and students on Monday, March 16, with an 11:30 dismissal. Please know that after that dismissal, Fort Bragg Schools will be closed until further notice. It is imperative that students pick up all their learning materials and take them home. Online learning for students will start later in the week. Information concerning online learning will be communicated to parents prior to March 18.

The Department of Defense Education Activity Americas, Mid Atlantic District, collaborated with Fort Bragg Command leadership in recommending closure of Fort Bragg Schools from mid-day Monday until further notice.

● Monday, noon, March 16, 2020 DoDEA school buildings at Fort Bragg, will be closed to students as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This action is being taken as a prudent measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, students should not report back to school until further notice. Staff will report at the usual time to begin training for leading the online learning for students.
● All school extracurricular activities are canceled/postponed effective immediately. This includes, but is not limited to, all scholastic and athletic competitions, sports practices, music/drama/arts performance, school trips and any other extra-curricular activities, to include PTO events. Additionally, this includes outside groups that meet at our schools.
● Monday, March 16, 2020, after student dismissal, staff will participate in Professional Learning activities.
● Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18, 2020 will be teacher and staff workdays for online learning training. This will allow administrators and staff to collaborate and prepare to ensure continuity of instruction for online teaching.
● Students can expect to begin receiving assignments later in the week. Students will be expected to complete online learning assignments and/or work packets as assigned by their classroom teachers. School principals and teachers will be sending out additional information related to this expectation by March 19, 2020.

 

Churches, Healthcare facilities:

~Some area churches and places of worship have canceled services and events. Please contact your place of worship before attending.

~Our Saviour Luthern Church, in Southern Pines, canceled all church activities beginning March 14 – March 21. They will re-evaluate conditions on a weekly basis. Pastor Keith and members of the worship team will be recording a video devotional based on this week’s intended sermon. This will be posted by Tuesday, March, 17 on Facebook, YouTube, and their website.

~Grace Church in Southern Pines has suspended all Sunday worship services and will be live-streaming until further notice.

~All nursing homes have been ordered to stop visitations.

 

Events:

~St. Joseph of the Pines hiring event scheduled for March 25 is postponed. A future date will be announced.

~Judson Theatre Company has made the difficult decision to cancel the March 26-29 performances of The Odd Couple (Female Version) at Owens Auditorium. Future date to be determined.

~The Polar Plunge scheduled for March 28 has been canceled.

~Pinehurst Live After 5 concert on April 3 has been canceled.

~Pinehurst Easter Egg Hunts scheduled for April 4 will no longer be held.

~The Whispering Pines Easter Egg Hunt scheduled April 4 is canceled.

~The speaking event by author James Patterson at Pinecrest High School on April 15 has been canceled.

~The third annual Festival D’Avion event on April 17-18 has been rescheduled for sometime in October.

~Special Olympics Moore County 2020 Spring Games scheduled for April 23 at Pinecrest High School is canceled. They are also canceling 2020 spring sport season, which includes bowling, swimming and tennis (pickleball). 

~Sandhills Farm Tour on April 18 is rescheduling for this fall.

~32nd Annual Carthage Buggy Festival has been canceled for May 9.

~Kiwanis Club Canceled Annual Celebration of the Military Child.

Please check individually with your event’s website or Facebook page in the instance Sandhills Sentinel has not been notified of a cancellation or postponement.

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