Closings, cancellations, delays, postponed events in response to coronavirus

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - We are compiling a list of closings, delays and cancellations in response to the coronavirus. This list will be continuously updated when as we get new, confirmed information.

Source: MGN

The list includes important closings we are aware of and event cancellations/reschedules (the events list is not comprehensive, but focuses on events that typically draw larger crowds).

- All Mississippi public schools will be closed through the end of April.

- All Alabama public schools will be closed for the rest of the school year.
Online instruction will be used to complete 2019-2020.

- Bonita Lakes Mall in Meridian is temporarily closed until further notice.

- Newton County Justice Court published a schedule with some changes.
Plea Day will remain the same as previously set. For Judge Chaney's cases, it is Apr. 9 at 9 a.m. For Judge Round's cases, it's Apr. 9 at 1 p.m.

Changes for Newton County Justice Court are:
Civil cases that were set for Apr. 7 will instead be heard May 5 at 9 a.m.
Criminal cases that were set for Apr. 7 will instead be heard June 2 at
1 p.m.

Newton County Justice Court cases that were set for Apr. 21:
Civil cases moved to May 19 at 9 a.m. and criminal cases will be heard June 16 at 1 p.m.

- The Lauderdale County Tax Collector's Office is closed until further notice. No in-person payments can be taken. Mail payments for taxes, tags or garbage fees to: P.O. Box 5205, Meridian, MS 39302, or pay online at

- Pearl River Resort properties in Choctaw and Bok Homa Casino in Sandersville will be closed until further notice.

- The University of West Alabama will transition to all online instruction beginning April 6.

- Mississippi's 8 public universities have transitioned to online course.

- Pentecostal Christian Academy will remain closed through April 17th. Further decisions will be made after April 17, 2020.

- Mississippi Valley State University is postponing Spring 2020 graduation ceremony. Updated plans to celebrate MVSU Spring 2020 graduates will be announced at a later date.

- Sumter County Commission county facilities are closed through March 31, 2020. The following offices are considered essential services and are exempt from the closure: Sumter County Commission Office, Public Safety, Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the Sumter County Road Department. The Sumter Board of Registrars is subject to state regulations and there is a possibility it will not close during this period.

- Allie Cat Run and Festival, originally set for Mar. 21, is rescheduled for May 9.

- The spring Ralph Morgan Rodeo, scheduled for April, has been canceled

- Bonita Lakes 9 Cinema is closed until further notice.

- The MAX will be closed until April 6. All events have been canceled or postponed through the end of April. It will evaluate again in two weeks.

- The Threefoot Festival in downtown Meridian, originally to be held Apr. 4, will be rescheduled for another date to be determined.

- The Annual Meridian Maker Faire, that was to be Apr. 4-5, has been cancelled for this year and will not be rescheduled.

- The Loose Caboose Festival in Newton is cancelled.

- The City of Meridian has cancelled April's date for Earth's Bounty that was set for April 4th. Earth's Bounty will tentatively begin in May.

- All four Mississippi State Veterans Homes implemented a no-visitor policy last weekend, to comply with CDC, VA, Mississippi Department of Health, and state requirements established by Gov. Tate Reeves in response to the COVID-19 respiratory disease. The decision is aimed at preventing and limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus within the most vulnerable Veteran population, adults over 65 with chronic medical conditions.

- Head Start in Lauderdale County and Scott County are cancelling their programs until further notice (submitted Mar. 16).

- Meridian Parks and Recreation, based on guidance from the CDC, has suspended all indoor recreational activities effective immediately. Closures include the Meridian Activity Center, Velma Young Community Center and the Dentzel Carousel. Outdoor facilities including, but not limited to, athletic fields, playgrounds and parks will remain open at this time. Our recommendation is for all patrons to follow CDC recommended guidelines and avoid organization of crowds that surpass 50 individuals. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommended protocols to ensure the safety of our citizens. (Submitted Mar. 16)

- The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is modifying its Driver License Division’s statewide operations in response to the coronavirus. It has suspended road testing (including CDL), discourages anyone with a weakened or compromised immune system from visiting any Driver License locations, reminds everyone all Alabama driver licenses and non-driver IDs have a 60-day grace period following expiration date. Customers may wait to renew. Online services for anyone who must renew or obtain a duplicate driver license/STAR ID or non-driver ID at

- Mississippi Veterans Affairs has canceled the following events due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Mississippi County Veterans Service Officer Training, Biloxi, April 14-17

- The WIN Job Center in Meridian is closed to walk-in traffic but you may access its services online and by phone at 601-553-9511.

- The Kemper County Board of Supervisors closed the courthouse, courthouse annex, Farmer’s Market, administration building, library, senior citizens building and county park as of Mar. 18 at 12 noon.
The buildings will reopen Monday, Mar. 23rd after a deep cleaning.

- The VFW Post 79 Saturday night dances are cancelled until further notice.

- American Cancer Society is postponing Lauderdale County Relay for Life (which was set for Apr. 24)

- In-person services at Poplar Springs Drive UMC are suspended
March 22nd - 29th, at which time it will be reevaluated. Live streaming is available at

- For the safety of staff and its Scouting family, the Choctaw Area Council Service Center and the Scout Shop will be closed to the public from through April 17th. The office will have minimum personnel on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 2 to process mail, unit needs, bills, Friends of Scouting payments, Recharters, and other requests needed by our Scouting family.

Based on the governor’s order, the range has been closed due to the Lauderdale County Shelter in Place order. We will let you know when we are allowed to open back up.

You are welcome to call the office at this time.
Ken Kercheval Scout Executive 601-527-7464
Brandon Bridges District Executive 601-513-5725

- Canceled or Postponed Council Events:
At this time, the following events have been canceled or postponed:
• Annual Joe Brown Memorial Golf Tournament rescheduled for June 12th, 2020
For the latest updates on our events, please visit

- EMEPA offices are closed to walk-ins; drive-up windows remain open for regular hours

- Event Zone/Rebound (Arcade/Bowling Alley/Trampoline Park) will be closed until March 30, 2020. Please check our website at for further updates.

- Dixie Electric Power Association will have its drive-through windows at all three locations open while the lobbies will be closed as of Monday, Mar. 23, 2020. Dixie Electric encourages its members to make payments or conduct other business by using the SmartHub mobile app, visiting or by phone at 601-425-2535.

- Meridian Naval Air Station has cancelled or postponed all events through May 11.
Facilities that are closed:
- Barber and Beauty Shop
- Andrew Triplett Library
- Auto Hobby Shop
- Subway and Bowling located inside the McCain Recreation Center
- Ponta Creek Community Recreation Complex including the office,
paintball, retail/ticket sales and rentals.
- Fitness Center's racquetball courts and steam rooms.
- Chapel has suspended services and will be conducting them online.

- Good News Jail & Prison Ministry's annual banquet, scheduled for
April 23, is cancelled. The venue, MSU Meridian campus, is closed for that date.

- Crossroads Head Start and Early Head Start are closed until April 17.