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Monday, May 27, 2024

CDC dissuades 50+ gatherings; here’s an updated list of Covid-19 closures and cancellations [Free read]

A look at what's open, and what is closed this holiday weekend (Port City Daily photo/FILE)
A growing list of community organizations have canceled events and operations as cases of Covid-19 rise in the U.S. (Port City Daily photo/File)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — The Centers for Disease Control has recommended cancelling or postponing all gatherings of 50 or more individuals in an updated guidance announcement Sunday in order to stunt the spread of Covid-19. On Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump and federal officials offered stricter guidelines, discouraging gatherings of 10 or more, even in private places or homes.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 117 Saturday, which made gatherings of 100 people or more illegal and closed public K-12 schools through March 30.

The governor’s order did not include malls, shopping centers, airports, medical facilities, libraries, restaurants, grocery stores, office environments, or other similar spaces. It does include events that gather more than 100 people in a single room at a single space in time, such as a concert, theatre, auditorium, parade, festival, or other confined gatherings (including church).

With the new CDC guidance, tightened restrictions on gatherings could be imminent. Some states, including Ohio, Massachusettes, California, Washington, and Illinois have implemented all-out closures of bars and restaurants. Meanwhile, many national chains are implementing drive-thru-only policies or removing chairs from their interiors to dissuade gathering inside.

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  • All North Carolina public K-12 schools canceled through March 30
  • UNCW most in-person classes — Canceled starting March 20 or earlier
  • CFCC —- Spring Break extended through March 23, transitioning to online classes
  • BCCC — Closed to non-essential staff, students, and visitors. Online classes are being implemented if possible through March 29, athletics and events canceled through at least the end of the month


  • Azalea Festival — All events canceled (some may be rescheduled)
  • Open Fat Bike Beach Championship – Cancelled
  • Scottish Heritage Day event at Moores Creek National Battlefield – Cancelled
  • Brunswick CIS Time for Tea and Fashion Show scheduled for April 7 — Postponed to May 21 at noon.
  • Bark in the Park in Leland – Cancelled
  • North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo has been postponed to May 30.
  • Cape Fear Museum — Experience STEM-ILM 2.0 canceled
  • Lifepoint Church (Pine Valley and Leland) — Services canceled for weekend of March 14 and March 15 (online services will be streamed)
  • Port City Community Church (Wilmington, Leland, Jacksonville, New Bern) has canceled services for the time being (online services will be streamed)
  • Southport Spring Festival April 10 and 11 — Canceled
  • Good Shepherd Center, Empty Bowls 2020 — March 20 event canceled
  • Scottish Heritage Day, Moores Creek Battlefield — March 28 event canceled
  • Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival — March 21, canceled
  • Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival — April 18, canceled
  • Herb and Garden Fair, Orton Plantation — rescheduled to May 2 and 3


  • Almost all government meetings are restricting public attendance, local governments are working through options for public participation, including emails questions and comments, and broadcasting meetings on a variety of platforms
  • North Carolina District and Superior Courts (including Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties) — Most court dates canceled from Monday, March 16 (resuming Monday, April 12)
  • New Hanover County Senior Resource Center — Suspended for at least two weeks, starting March 16
  • Brunswick Senior Resource centers closed starting March 16
  • Town of Leland Parks and Recreation activities — postponed until further notice
  • Leland Cultural Arts Center — closed to the public; events postponed indefinitely
  • Department of Environmental Quality — Public hearings on proposed log fumigation rules postponed. A new date has not yet been set.
  • North Carolina State parks — closed to the public


  • Cameron Art Museum will close its doors through March 31
  • North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport has canceled all events and special programs through April 11
  • Vietnam Veterans of America (Chapter 885), has canceled office hours and participation in all upcoming events until further notice.
  • Lower Cape Fear LifeCare has canceled all events, including grief groups and community meetings, through April 30.
  • Art League of Leland April 2 meeting – Cancelled
  • Battleship NORTH CAROLINA has canceled all events in March.

Local sports

  • Wilmington Hammerheads Youth FC — Canceled through March 23
  • NHCS athletics — In-conference games only, other games canceled
  • Brunswick County Parks — All youth league sports canceled


There are currently no local travel bans. International passenger travel to Europe has been frozen for 30 days by President Donald Trump.

The Wilmington International Airport is maintaining a webpage to address travel issues here. Airport officials note that specific flight information will come through the airlines directly.

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