CORONAVIRUS CLOSURES: Community events canceled, schools closed in southern Arizona

Updated: Mar. 20, 2020 at 4:59 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - As the coronavirus outbreak grows into a global pandemic, major community and sporting events have been canceled or suspended in southern Arizona.

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Below is a list of canceled or postponed community events along with closed.

The Pastoral Center will be closing for 14 days beginning March 18 after an employee reportedly began experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

The zoo is closed March 31. Staff also decided to shut down the Asian Lantern Festival and postpone other scheduled events through April.

Effective immediately the following visitor center on the Coronado National Forest will be closed to public use:

· Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Visitor Center and lower parking lot.

· Cactus Picnic Area Group Site.

A fee tube is located in the Overflow Parking Lot that accepts exact change for an $8.00 day-use pass. Other passes are not available at that location, however, information on ordering permits and maps can be found on the Forest website at . For information please call (520) 388-8300.

Additionally, the Sabino Canyon Crawler service is being suspended until further notice upon mutual agreement of Coronado National Forest and Regional Partnering Center.

Tickets that have been pre-purchased will be refunded for departures through April 3. The RPC will coordinate any resumption of service through the Forest Service.

Tumamoc Hill is closed for an undetermined period of time.

The Tumamoc Hill website and Instagram feed (@desert.laboratory) will provide the latest updates including when the hill will reopen to the public.

Tucson Parks and Recreation Department closed all recreation centers and aquatic facilities until the end of March.

All youth and senior programming will also be canceled, but the senior meal program will continue in eight locations across the city.

That includes the egg hunt at Quincie Douglas Rec Center March 28 and the Eggstravaganza at Mansfield Park April 4.

For more information about Tucson Parks and Recreation closures, go HERE.

With Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment suspending operations through April 23, 2020 due to the COVID-19 coronavirus public health emergency, all Diamond Center shows scheduled for April have been postponed. The impacted shows are Rocketman – A Tribute to Elton John, originally scheduled for April 11; and Jimmie Allen, originally scheduled for April 24.

Guests should hold onto their tickets to the performances, which will be honored at the rescheduled shows. New dates are still being finalized. The rescheduled Rocketman – A Tribute to Elton John show will remain a free concert on its new date.

As of Friday, March 20, the Pima County Fair has been cancelled until further notice.

The event, set for April 16-26, is one of the most popular in southern Arizona.

The University of Arizona will cancel its annual school-sanctioned carnival scheduled for early April.

The fair is run by the Association Students of the University of Arizona and helps raise funds for student clubs and associations.

The Fourth Avenue Spring Fair, set for Friday-Sunday, March 20-22, has been canceled.

The winter street fair is scheduled for Dec. 11-13.

The SABHA Home & Patio Show, which was scheduled for April 3-5, has been indefinitely postponed.

More information will be posted on their website shortly.

The annual KFMA Day music festival, set for April 18 at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, has been canceled.

Organizers asked ticket holders not to go to Pizza Hut for refunds. Instead, go to their website for more information.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered all public schools to close through Friday, March 27. The state will reassess the closures then.

Students have several options to receive free meals during the closure. We have a list HERE.

The University of Arizona extended spring break until March 18 and will move to online classes through the end of the semester.

The school is asking students to stay away from campus, provided they have suitable living arrangements. These students are welcome to return to campus briefly to collect belongings.

Students who do not have a suitable alternative should return to campus. Residence halls, food service, Campus Health, libraries and computer labs are open and will remain open.

All sporting events and gatherings on campus will be canceled or rescheduled.

All campuses were closed after it was learned a community member may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Pima Community College extended spring break to Wednesday, March 25, and will move to a virtual environment where possible when students return.

In addition, all PCC athletic events have been canceled for the spring sports season. The NJCAA said student-athletes enrolled will not be charged a year of participation.

All large gatherings are canceled or suspended until April 6, when officials will reassess and determine if further closures are needed.

There will be no public Masses, confirmations will be suspended and all Catholic programming will cease until next month.

All Pima County public libraries and book-drop locations will be closed starting Wednesday, March 18. They did not give an update on when they would reopen.

The county said due dates will be extended until further notice and staff is reviewing the chance of reopening with limited hours.

The Oro Valley Aquatic Center and the Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center are closed until further notice.

Refunds will be issued for any cancelled programs. If you have billing or membership question, please email or call 520-229-5050.

The El Conquistador Golf is still open, as are all Oro Valley parks, trails and paths.

Fort Huachuca limits new visitor access to only those individuals who are sponsored by an active duty member (including active Guard and Reserve) or the dependent spouse of an active duty member.

Visitors who do not have a sponsor will not be allowed on post. When a visitor arrives at the visitor center, they will be asked to provide proof of sponsorship before being provided a pass.Proof of sponsorship will be one of the following items:

  • For trainees - a memorandum signed by a unit commander (O-3 or higher) stating the Soldier trainee is able to sponsor the visitor(s), with the visitor(s) listed by name.
  • For permanent party - the sponsor (service member or dependent spouse) will meet the visitor at the visitor center and sign a memorandum (available at the visitor center) validating the visitors need to access the installation.

This change does not affect the following:

Individuals who already possess a valid means of post access (DoD ID card, Gold Star Families, etc.) or those who already possess an existing pass for fort access.

Individuals who are renewing existing passes and who require access to the installation to conduct official business.

Personnel seeking employment on employment.

Tucson City Court, Tucson City Prosecutor, and Tucson City Public Defender have implemented measures to allow people to postpone their court appearances.

If you have an upcoming court date, make sure to contact your attorney or the Court for updated information as follows:

  • Contact your attorney at City Public Defender’s Office, (520) 791-4857. If you are represented by a contract/private attorney, please contact them directly. You can find your attorney’s number at the AZ Bar website:
  • If you are not represented by an attorney, contact Tucson City Court at 520-791-4216 or email: If you leave a message, make sure to include your name, date of birth, and docket number or citation number.
  • If you are a victim or you need to contact the City Prosecutor’s Office, please call 520-791-4104. Further, the Prosecutor’s Office is currently not accepting cash payments and encourages payments to be made by electronic methods.

While Arizona courts remain open, the number of visitors in the Pima County Superior Court will be reduced by taking the following actions:

  • Jury Duty: Jury service for all courts in Pima County has been suspended until March 31. Prospective jurors should call 520-724-4222 for further information.
  • Family Drug Court: Suspended through March 31.
  • CASA Volunteers: CASA volunteers who have cases before the court should contact the CASA Supervisor at 520-724-2069.
  • Pretrial Services: If you are scheduled to meet with a Pretrial Services officer, please call 520-724-3310.
  • Adult Probation: Individuals on probation should contact their probation officer or the Adult Probation Office at 520-724-3800.
  • Family Center of the Conciliation Court: Individuals scheduled to attend a Parenting Education class or bring their children by for an interview should call the Conciliation Court at 520-724-5769 to determine the status of their session, and, if necessary, to reschedule their appointments.

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base announced on Tuesday, March 17, that the 355th Wing Commander has directed an upgrade to Health Protection Condition Bravo in response to COVID-19. The base has no confirmed cases of the virus.

Large-scale community events and base tours are canceled.

Saguaro National Park will be temporarily closing the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center in the park’s east district, the Red Hills Visitor Center in the park’s west district, and suspending all public programming beginning Tuesday, March 17. This temporary suspension is expected to last 15 days and then the situation will be reassessed.

Restrooms and water fountains at the visitor centers will continue to be available. Trails will remain open and staff who would normally be working inside the buildings will be deployed out onto the trail system to greet visitors, while still maintaining appropriate distancing.

To further encourage social distancing, the park would like to encourage visitors to consider paying fees virtually by visiting The honor stations in front of the Red Hills Visitor Center and the Rincon Mountain fees station will be available for visitors to pay fees onsite.

Starting Monday, March 16, all ASU classes will be held online for the next two weeks. The university will remain open and school resources will still be available.

Starting March 23, most classes on the Grand Canyon University’s Phoenix campus will transition to an online environment.

It will last through the end of the spring semester

Salpointe Catholic suspended on-campus learning and extracurricular activities effective Monday, March 16, .

A release from the school stated mandatory online classes will begin March 23 and run through April 10.

The plan is to resume classes on campus Monday, April 20, following the Easter holiday.

Sam Miguel High administrators said everyone will be back on campus after the Easter holiday.

It reads in part, for Tuesday April 14, “Return to on-campus classes for all students and academic staff, and return to corporate work-study sites for all student associates.”

The Sabbar Shrine Center, 450 South Tucson Blvd., has canceled bingo meets for two weeks.

After two weeks, they will consider their options.

The AIA Executive Board has decided not to postpone the spring championship season at this time. Although all Arizona schools will be closed for the next two weeks, the AIA hopes the two-week suspension will hold true.

The AIA also stated they will respect and comply to any further cancellations and all fees will be waived for competitions that may be cancelled in the future.

The Arizona Renaissance Festival is closed for the rest of the year.

According to the website, the festival will be back in February 2021. Tickets for the festival will be refunded to those who have purchased them between one and four weeks.

Officials at the mission said masses and visitation will be canceled until further notice.

Since many tourists and parishioners alike visit the mission, officials determine it is a higher-than-normal risk area.

Biosphere 2 has suspended all public activities for an undetermined period of time.

“We know you share our concern about our staff, Biosphere 2 and its active research,” the facility said in an email. “We want to reassure you that a core team of staff will continue to maintain all critical research support systems during this uncertain time.

“If you were planning on visiting Biosphere 2, we hope you’ll be able to stop by when we are open again.”

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance has decided to cancel several events.

Those events are:

  • March 18: Beyond Bamba: Israeli Cooking
  • March 18: Make Way for Books Story School
  • March 21: Eat Plants: A nutrition class
  • March 25: Make Way for Books Story School
  • April 25: Tempe Marketplace Chalk Walk Festival

The Arizona Desert Museum canceled upcoming events including the WineDown with Wildlife scheduled for later in March. The museum will remain open with serious changes to guest experiences.

Customers are asked to check the museum’s website and Facebook page for updates.

The Monster Jam events scheduled for Friday-Sunday, March 20-22 have been postponed.

There are no make-up dates yet for the event, which was at the Tucson Arena.

If anyone needs a refund, contact Ticketmaster Customer Service online at or 800-653-8000.

The Rilato Theate has suspended all shows through the beginning of April.

Shows will be rescheduled if possible. If a show can’t be rescheduled, customers will get a refund.

“We humbly ask for your patience during the difficult process of rescheduling these dates,” The Rialto Theatre Foundation said in a Facebook post. “We understand that it’s a disruption to you personally, and by that token we hope you can bear with the massive disruption it represents to us as an organization. We will work diligently to reschedule everything we can.”

Rillito Race Track has suspend racing for March 21-22.

The Rillito Park Foundation said it is working with Pima County and the Arizona Department of Racing to reschedule the racing days later in the spring.

Officials with the Fox Theatre announced all public performances will be canceled through Sunday, April 5.

While each ticket holder is typically entitled to a refund in those rare circumstances when events are canceled, in this atypical situation we respectfully ask our audiences to consider crowdsharing the financial impact of this pandemic on the Fox,” Fox officials wrote in a statement.

Marana has canceled or postponed several events.

The impacted events are:

  • Founders’ Day (March 28): Canceled
  • Discover Marana Gastronomy Tour (March 20-April 10): Canceled

Oro Valley officials have canceled several events and meetings.

Those events are:

  • March 19: Stormwater Utility Commission Meeting
  • March 28: Bike. Swap. Sell
  • March 29: Taste of Oro Valley
  • April 3: AACM Oro Valley HOA Forum
  • April 4: Oro Valley Kids Concert Series

The town of Sahuarita has canceled several community events.

Those events are:

  • March 19: Tunes Around Town at Anamax Bark Park
  • March 28: Fiesta Sahuarita

The city of Sierra Vista will shut down the local library and the Cove Aquatic Center, the Kid’s W.O.R.L.D. program, among other popular public facilities and government-run programs, according to a March 16 news release.

The city also announced on Thursday, March 19, that it will be suspending Vista Transit service until March 30, beginning at the close of business on Friday, March 20.

The service suspension will not affect paratransit service for customers with disabilities. However, users of paratransit should only request it for essential trips like medical appointments and shopping for groceries.

When service resumes, Vista Transit will offer an additional Orange Route bus to help disperse passengers on the most popular route. This bus will operate on a staggered schedule so an Orange Route bus will be available every 30 minutes, instead of every 60 minutes.

To see a full list of Sierra Vista closures, click the link above.

Tucson Electric Power is suspending two public open house meetings scheduled for next week as a precaution to limit unnecessary risk of exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The meetings were scheduled for March 17 at the Quincie Douglas Center and March 18 at the Dunbar Pavilion.

All performances are canceled through the end of March.

The decision comes after Tucson Mayor Regina Romero urged the public to postpone large gatherings of 50 or more people.

To help contain the spread of COVID-19 MOCA will be temporarily closing to the public starting Wednesday, March 18. This follows the postponement of our education and public programs.

Please find updates on the MOCA Instagram and Facebook page.

Hacienda Del Sol has rescheduled its 20th Annual Zin, Blues & BBQ event from March 22 to April 19.

Tickets will be redeemable at the door on the new date

Ticket holders who cannot make the new date should reach out to Ashley McDonald at for a refund.

The 2020 SculptureTucson Festival Show & Sale, set for April 3-5 at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park in Tucson, has been canceled.

“While this difficult decision is disappointing for the organization itself, its artist partners, the Tucson community, financial supporters, food vendors and other partners, preserving the health of artists, volunteers and attendees is the top priority,” the SculptureTucson Board of Directors said in a news release.

Cirque du Soleil will not be performing AXEL as scheduled at the Tucson Arena from April 17-19, 2020.

All ticket holders for AXEL in Tucson will receive official notice on how to proceed from the original point of purchase. If you have purchased your tickets through Ticketmaster, you will automatically be refunded on the credit card used for the purchase.

Cyclovia Tucson, a community-powered cycling event, has been canceled.

The event, presented by Banner and organized by the Living Streets Alliance, was scheduled for Sunday, March 29.

“Cyclovia Tucson will return when the circumstances are more conducive to public gatherings,” the group said in an email. “This program is resilient and strengthened by the support of the organizations, neighborhoods, and event sponsors.”

The AHL suspended its season.

The Tucson Roadrunners (36-19-1-2) were in first place in the AHL’s Pacific Division.

“The Arizona Coyotes and Tucson Roadrunners will continue to monitor all the appropriate medical advice, and we will encourage our players and other members of the community to take all reasonable precautions – including self-quarantine, where appropriate,” the organization said in a news release. “The NHL and AHL’s goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that we will be able to complete both league’s seasons.”

The Indoor Football League postponed its 2020 season.

The Tucson Sugar Skulls were scheduled to open their season March 19 at the Cedar Rapids River Kings.

The World Baseball Classic qualifier at the Kino Sports Complex has been postponed, according to Major League Baseball.

MLB has not announced make-up dates yet. The qualifier was scheduled to begin March 12 and run through March 25.

More information can be found HERE.

The 2020 Tucson Homeless Connect event, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 27, will go on as planned.

Anyone with questions, or the desire to volunteer, can contact the group HERE.

Sunrise Neighborhood Assistance Program (SNAP) Board President, Mary Becker said the 11th annual Home and Garden Tour scheduled for April 5 has been canceled.

The Southwest Motor Vehicle Center, a third-party MVD in Tucson, said it will remain open.

“We would like everyone to know that we will be open, but due to COVID-19 we are only accepting appointments, starting Tuesday, March 17,” the company said in a news release. “We want to assist in keeping all of you and our staff healthy and safe during this trying time. Sanitary measures have been put in place. Please ring our doorbell for entry at the time of your appointment.”

Same day appointments are available by calling 520-722-2006.

The Cochise County Superior Court has issued new orders, effective March 17th.

  • All in-person proceedings will be avoided to the greatest extent, while keeping core constitutional rights intact.
  • Through March 31st, all hearings without a specific time limitation will be rescheduled, unless otherwise ordered by the judge.
  • Hearings for in-custody defendants will be conducted by an audiovisual system, unless ordered otherwise by the judge.
  • The attendance of court proceedings will be limited to parties, attorneys, victims, witnesses, jurors, one parent of juvenile defendant and jail personnel.
  • Judges will not allow more than 10 people, other than court officials or jurors, into a courtroom.

For more information, contact Cochise County Superior Court Administration at 520-432-8513.

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