Local plans altered
The national impact from coronavirus is now being felt closer to home after a number of announcements have been made regarding local events and schools.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Friday all schools in the state would be closed from Tuesday, March 17 to Monday, March 30 due to the virus.
“We anticipate that students will be allowed back in our schools on Tuesday, March 31,” Prairie Central Superintendent Paula Crane said in a note to parents and guardians Friday afternoon.
All Prairie Central students will attend school Monday but schools will release two hours early. Also, there is no afternoon preschool Monday. The district’s regularly scheduled spring break starts March 21. As of Friday afternoon, Crane said weekend events would take place as scheduled but as of Monday at 1:15, all PC activities are suspended until further notice.
“This includes all athletics and other activities (both competition and practices) including the FFA auction previously scheduled for Thursday,” Crane added.
It was also posted on Facebook Friday that the SELCAS building in Fairbury will be locked effective immediately due to the uncertainty surrounding the virus. Also, Fairbury’s First Baptist Church decided to postpone the Wild Game Feed set for this Sunday to a later date.
In a letter to parents Friday, the Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County announced measures to reduce risk, including disinfecting equipment regularly and closely monitoring information from the Livingston County Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Members, staff and volunteers are strongly encouraged to stay home if they feel sick,” the letter states. “Our Board of Directors is meeting tomorrow (3/14/2020) to make the decision on whether or not we may remain open starting the 17th.”
Dave’s Supermarket posted on social media that the store is taking certain measures to ensure the best shopping environment for customers. The front-end employees are sanitizing shopping cart handles after they are used and hand sanitizer has been placed at checkout lanes and throughout the store.
“We’ve increased the frequency of routine cleaning on all high-touch areas throughout the store, including door handles, register belts, scale surfaces and self-touch screens,” the store said on Facebook.
Additional time frame slots have been opened for curbside pick-up as demand requires.
As of this writing Friday evening, the Prairie Central Music Department’s musical performance of “Newsies” was still happening at the PC Center for the Performing Arts in Chenoa.