Milwaukee responds to COVID-19: Closures and cancellations

March 19, 2020

Coronavirus is causing organizers to cancel or postpone some community events.

The following events have been canceled or postponed:

• Potawatomi Hotel & Casino: Closing at 5 p.m., March 17. No word on when it will reopen.

Milwaukee Municipal Court: Closed until May 1.

Skylight Theatre’s Evita and Candide: Rescheduled for later dates.

Pabst Mansion: Closed until April 6.

BBB’s Annual Torch Award Luncheon for April 9 is canceled.

Harley-Davidson Museum, restaurant, gift shop: Closed until April 6.

Elton John concert: Farewell Yellow Brick Road show scheduled for April 28 at Fiserv Forum postponed for a later date.

Humboldt Park Easter Egg Hunt: Scheduled for March 28, now canceled.

Lager & Friends Beer Festival: Scheduled for March 21, now postponed for a later date.

Milwaukee County Public Library: All branches closed starting March 16 until March 29.

Catholic Mass: Archdiocese of Milwaukee announced all Catholic Masses are suspended effective March 18 through April 3.

Festival City Symphony: March 22 concert postponed for a later date

Michael Bublé concert: The March 29 concert at Fiserv Forum will be rescheduled for a later date.

The “Dancing with the Stars: Live! 2020 Tour” is postponed for the remainder of the tour.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater will be closed for all public events and performances beginning March 13 through April 5.

• All performances of Milwaukee Ballet’s PUSH. from March 26 to March 29 at the Marcus Performing Arts Center are canceled. Milwaukee Ballet will send a detailed communication directly to all ticket holders for PUSH. in the week of March 16.

The American Hockey League has suspended its season. Fans who purchased tickets for a canceled game may be refunded from their point of purchase. Refunds will be processed as the games are canceled.

The Green Bay Packers will close its businesses to the public for the next two weeks. The closure will apply to all Lambeau Field Atrium businesses, including the Packers Pro Shop, Packers Hall of Fame and 1919 Kitchen & Tap, as well as all team-run public activities in Titletown, including the playground and 46 Below.

Milwaukee Brewers opening day has been pushed back to May.

The Milwaukee Marathon on April 11 has been canceled.

The Major Arena Soccer League (Milwaukee Wave) has decided to end the 2019-2020 regular season effective immediately.

Discovery World: Closed until April 1.

Milwaukee County Zoo: Closed until further notice.

The Racine Zoo: Closed to the public until March 29 in a preventative action to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The zoo’s animal care staff will continue to provide excellent care to the animals throughout the closure of the zoo to the public.

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum: Temporarily closed until further notice.

Milwaukee Public Museum: Closed until further notice.

• All YMCA branches are closed until April 5.

The Villa Terrace and Charles Allis Art Museums are closed through the end of March.

Mayfair and Southridge Malls are closed until further notice. The Italian Community Center has canceled several events in March, including Movie Night, The St. Joseph’s Day Luncheon, the General Membership & Dinner and the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra. The Spring Bocce Leagues Season will now start the week of April 5.

The Shorewood Public Library will be closed until April 13.

Lakefront Brewery will be closed to the public until further notice.

All bars and restaurants are closed until further notice. Restaurants can still offer delivery or curb-side pick up.

The Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors is canceling the 2020 Home & Garden Show that was scheduled to take place March 20-29 at the Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park.

Brookfield Square is canceling or postponing all planned events, which includes the seasonal Easter Bunny photo program.

The Oriental Theatre will be closed to public events through April 9.

The Marcus Center is postponing all performances of “The Play That Goes Wrong” scheduled for March 17-22 following this guidance: Please hold on to your tickets as they work to reschedule these events.

The Florentine Opera is canceling its March performances of “The Tragedy of Carmen” at the Marcus Performing Arts Center (March 21, 22). It will be sending all “Tragedy of Carmen” ticketholders a digital performance, thanks to generous support from Studio Gear.

Special Olympics Wisconsin: All training and competition has been canceled through April 5 as a precaution.

The Wisconsin Alumni Association: All public events scheduled through April 30 have been canceled or postponed.

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan: All town hall meetings are canceled. He will instead offer a Facebook Live Town Hall on March 17 at 7 p.m.

All March and April Honor Flights from all states are being postponed. The Honor Flight Network will evaluate the situation in several weeks and decide if the May flights will be postponed as well.

Milwaukee VA Medical Center is closing to the public all Protestant and Catholic church services for at least the next month, as part of ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus precautions. Services will still be broadcast to patient rooms. In addition: All public events and nonessential drop-in classes such as Guitars 4 Vets, tai chi and yoga are canceled for at least the next 30 days and will be re-evaluated on a weekly basis. VA asks that only DAV and patient escort essential volunteers come to work, if they choose. All other nonessential volunteer positions are on hold until further notice. No volunteers should report if they are ill or have flu-like symptoms. The Milwaukee VA will continue to prescreen all veterans and visitors coming into the medical center by asking a series of questions. This may cause a delay in entry.

Social Development Commission (SDC) has canceled or postponed all business and career services; education services; senior services, youth services; mental health counseling services; financial education have all been canceled. Healthcare navigators will have online consultations only; SDC’s home energy auditors will continue with scheduled home visits. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will be limited to Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and only be offered at the following locations: 1739 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee, and 2968 S. Chase Avenue, Milwaukee, and VITA preparers will no longer complete Homestead only returns.

African American Breastfeeding Network (AABN) effective immediately ALL classes, meetings, and events scheduled for March and April are canceled. Community Breastfeeding Gatherings, Healing Waters and Our Chat Room will take place virtually. Our Community Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and Lactation Consultant will work remotely via phone and virtual conferencing. In-home and hospital lactation support is temporarily suspended for the months of March and April.

HeartLove Place will be closed due to a move and will reopen April 1st in our new location at 1915 N. MLK Drive (YWCA building). Their April 10th Family Fun Night activity has been canceled.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee all locations are closed until Monday, April 13.

Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) VISION 2050 all remaining public meetings for 2020 have been canceled.

St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care’s Stein and Bucyrus Campuses will be closed Wednesday, March 18, through at least April 6.

The Catholic Archdioceses of Milwaukee has suspended all public masses through Friday, April 3.

Please check https://milwaukeetimesnews.com and our Facebook page as we will update with further closures, cancellations and re-openings.