While there are no known cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 in Verona, some events and activities are being cancelled or postponed so that we have less contact with each other. “Social distancing” measures are being advocated by world health officials as one way to stop the spread of COVID-19. Verona’s schools will have a half day on Friday so that personnel can review potential distance-learning plans and other preparations.
Here’s what else is being changed; not all events have cited COVID-19 or coronavirus in their announcements:
Holy Spirit: It will refrain from public worship this Sunday, March 15 and the following two Sundays. Everyone is invited to attend an 8 a.m. or 10 a.m. service via an online video conference.
First Presbyterian: It will cancel Sunday morning worship in the sanctuary for the next two weeks to lessen the possibility of spreading the COVID-19 virus. In addition, the church building will be closed to activities including but not limited to the Thrift Shop, committee meetings and outside organization rentals. After two weeks, the situation will be reassessed.
The Library: UPDATE: The Library will be closed from 3 p.m. Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 29. All special events that were to be held at the Library will also be cancelled.
Bunny Brunch: The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona has decided to cancel its annual Bunny Brunch, which was to be held on Saturday, March 28. Anyone who has purchased tickets already will receive a full refund.
VFEE Teacher Toast: The Teacher Toast scheduled for Friday, March 27, is being postponed. VFEE’s Teacher Toast Committee has a record of all the tickets, donations, and sponsorships it has received and will hold on to them until a new date can be scheduled.
Cameco Redevelopment Presentation: PIRHL, the develop that will be turning the former Cameco factory lot into affordable housing, was to have presented its concept plan on Wednesday, March 11. No new date has been posted.
Verona Music Trip: Verona High School’s instrumental and vocal musicians were to have made a bus trip to Ohio to learn from musicians at Cleveland State University from March 12 to 15. But Superintendent Dr. Rui Dionisio said at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting that the trip has been cancelled and that Verona hopes to get refunds of all the payments that had been made for the trip.
Bingo: The Episcopal Church is cancelling its Friday, March 13, Bingo game, which was to have been a fundraiser for Verona UNICO’s scholarship fund. It’s next Bingo date is Friday, April 17; please note this is the third Friday of the month. The second Friday of the month, which is when Holy Spirit usually holds Bingo, conflicts with Holy Week.
Laning Family Fun Night: The elementary school was to have held one of its family gatherings on Friday, March 13, but that has been scrapped.
Teens & College Planning: The Verona Public Library had scheduled a seminar on College Planning for Teens for this Saturday, March 14. It will now be Saturday, April 4 at 3 p.m.
Additional schedule changes will be added here as they are announced.