Event organizers and businesses heed guidance about "social distancing," many changes announced

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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Coronavirus concerns are having an impact on Maine organizations who had planned to hold events this month.

Governor Mills said that state officials are recommending that nonessential gatherings of more than 10 people delayed or postponed.

It's also made an impact on local businesses and their operations.

While this list is not all inclusive, here are some changes that we have
been made aware of:

Maine Academy of Country Music Cabin Fever Show planned for march 22 is cancelled

The Autism Society of Maine has decided to postpone the 18th annual Walk for Autism in all locations.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Sites Service Suspended Until Further Notice. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this free tax service is canceled at Bangor Public Library, Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Penobscot Job Corps, Newport Town Office, Dover-Foxcroft Penquis CAP, Ellsworth Public Library, Downeast Community Partners in Ellsworth, Southwest Harbor Public Library, HOME in Orland, Waldo County YMCA in Belfast, Carver Library in Searsport, and Stockton Springs Library. The volunteer tax preparers regret that there are no plans to reopen this year, so all tax appointments are cancelled.

The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Luncheon has been moved from March 19 to June 23.

Bicentennial celebration events including the Statehood Ceremony that would have been held at the Augusta Armory and events scheduled in Rockland, Ellsworth, Hampden, and the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport.

All Bureau of Motor Vehicles' offices will be closed to the public until further notice. All of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles' Mobile Unit visits are also suspended until further notice.

Catholic Diocese: All large, social gatherings scheduled in the next 30 days at Maine parishes, including dinners, dances, and special community events, are postponed/cancelled. All large, social gatherings scheduled in the next 30 days at Catholic schools in Maine, including auctions, family festivals, and plays/musicals are postponed/cancelled. In addition, all field trips, in or out of state, are postponed/cancelled.

New Dimensions Federal Credit Union will close all their lobbies beginning March 17th until further notice. The drive-thru will be open for transactions during regular business hours.

Penobscot County Federal Credit Union lobbies will be closed. Drive-thrus will still be open. The bank encourages members to take advantage of their alternative banking methods.

Special Olympics Maine said it is suspending all sports, training and competition activities through the end of the month.

AUGUSTA
-Kora Shrine Circus- all scheduled shows cancelled.
-State of Maine Sportsman's Show that was to be held in Augusta March 25-29 has been cancelled.

BANGOR
-Bangor Professional Firefighters' "Eighth Annual Chili & Chowder Cook Off" which was scheduled to be held in Bangor on April 2nd will be rescheduled for a later date.
-Challenger Learning Center of Maine is currently closed to visitors. All immediate public programs and k-12 field trips have been cancelled
-Cross Insurance Center will be closed to the public, including the Maine Credit Unions Box Office, until further notice. Several events have been cancelled or postponed. See crossinsurancecenter.com for details.
-The Monster X Tour scheduled for March 28th at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor will be postponed.
-The Maine Science Festival has decided to not hold next week's events, but says they hope that some things can be rescheduled for later this year.
-The Cross Insurance Center has announced that events including the Championship Game Viewing Party, What Women Want Expo, the Maine State JHS/Elementary Cheering Competition, and the Boat Show will not be held at the venue at this time. The say more events could be postponed and cancellations may occur in the future.
-Eastern Maine Community College has postpone our EMCConnect and Signing Day events scheduled for Wednesday, March 25th.
-Happy Endings Martini, Tapas & Dessert Bar closed until futher notice.
-Hollywood Casino is closed until further notice.
-Ipanema Bar-Grill closed until further notice.
-Paddy Murphy's has closed its doors until further notice.
-All Partners for Peace in-person services have been paused at least until the end of March or until further notice. Our 24-hour helpline will remain open and available to anyone affected by abuse or violence, including community partners, at 1-800-863-9909.
-Penobscot Theatre Company cancels public performances of Safety Net and our Dramatic Academy Production of The Snow Queen. Performances will be recorded and the theatre will send a link to all ticket purchasers so that the productions can be viewed from the comfort of your own homes. Safety Net will be recorded this week and distributed by the beginning of next week. The Snow Queen will be recorded Friday, March 20th and will be distributed the following week.
-SkillsUSA Maine made the decision to postpone the 2020 state competition that was set for next week at Eastern Maine Community College and hope to move it to a virtual conference.
-Some Theater Company has canceled their production of "Heathers."
-Willie Wags in downtown is closed until further notice but is offering some virtual events for folks to join. For more information visit their Facebook page.

BUCKSPORT
-Alamo Theatre in Bucksport has closed until further notice.

DOVER-FOXCROFT
-All Partners for Peace in-person services have been paused at least until the end of March or until further notice. Our 24-hour helpline will remain open and available to anyone affected by abuse or violence, including community partners, at 1-800-863-9909.
-The Center Theatre is closing temporarily until further notice.

ELLSWORTH
-The Ellsworth Public Library will be closed Monday March 16th and Tuesday March 17th as a public health measure to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Library staff are available by phone or email (info@ellsworthlibrary.net) to respond to inquiries. Anyone with library materials currently checked out leave them at home for now, and they will waive any overdue fines. Library trustees will meet Tuesday evening to determine whether to extend the closure.

FRANKLIN
-The Franklin Veterans Club has decided to temporarily close. Current plans are to remain closed until April 9th. All club meals are cancelled, and the bar will be closed down. The cornhole tournament, wrestling event, live band night, Easter egg hunt & basket raffle, and Historical Society spaghetti dinner are all cancelled or postponed. The club will make announcements as necessary on their Facebook page.

GREENWOOD
-Mt. Abram is ending its ski season.

HERMON
-Courageous Steps Project Masquerade Ball 2020 - postponed from March 21st. A new date will be announced later.

OLD TOWN
-All Council, Committee, and Board meetings within the City Of Old Town have been postponed until beginning of April.

ORONO
-The Collins Center for the Arts is suspending all ticket sales until further notice. Bangor Symphony Orchestra concerts are among the events that will not go on as originally planned.
-Waterfront Concerts has postponed the Martina McBride show that was scheduled in Orono, along with Celtic Women.

PORTLAND
-The Maine Red Claws is suspending its season.
-Waterfront Concerts has postponed The Beach Boys.

SKOWHEGAN
-Bob Marley comedy shows scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at the Skowhegan Opera House have been rescheduled for Sunday, May 3. All tickets will be honored for that date .
-Skowhegan Rotary's wine, beer and food tasting has been cancelled

STONINGTON
-Opera House Arts in Stonington has suspended all of their public events until further notice.

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
-America East cancelled all games including the UMaine Women's Basketball game that would have been played at Stony Brook University
-Annual Penobscot Conversation Conservancy Association's Sportsmen's Show cancelled

WATERVILLE
The Elm, Waterville: Shows/Events Have Been Postponed:
• 3/20/2020: No Shoes Nation-A Tribute to Kenny Chesney
• 3/21/2020: Concert for Hope- Benefiting Operation H.O.P.E
• 3/26/2020: Motor Booty Affair for WSHS Class of 2020
• 4/3/2920: Dancing with the Realtors
-Waterville Police Department postponing the 4th Annual Musicians for HOPE concert that was originally scheduled for March 21 at The Elm Event Center in Waterville.
-Colby Museum will close to members of the public without a valid Colby ID as of the close of business on Sunday, March 15.

WINTHROP
-The Law Enforcement Torch Run "Ice Out" polar plunge to benefit Special Olympics was planned for Saturday in Winthrop but won't happen. It may be planned for a later date.