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Coronavirus: NKY Cancellations, Closures

This is the latest information on closures and closings in Northern Kentucky as of 5:0 p.m. on Thursday.

There are no reported cases of coronavirus in Northern Kentucky, though there are eight confirmed cases in Kentucky overall.

On Thursday afternoon, Governor Andy Beshear called on all schools, public and private, in Kentucky to close for in-person instruction  on Monday. It is a recommendation, not an order. Beshear said that the state would offer districts the flexibility to keep cafeterias open so that students could still come to eat.

  • Boone County Schools announced Wednesday that students would stay home and engage in online learning through April 20. On Thursday, Superintendent Randy Poe released a video indicating that at least one teacher is in quarantine and that "several" families are in isolation.
  • Northern Kentucky University will switch to online instruction on March 23, after an extended spring break. Students are currently on spring break, and that break will be extended an additional week. The campus will remain open.
  • NKU men's basketball qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning the Horizon League tournament, but the NCAA Tournament has been canceled.
  • Gateway Community & Technical College is transitioning to online learning on March 18. All in-person classes are canceled on March 16 and 17. All Gateway campuses will remain open at this time. “At Gateway, we understand that this situation can create challenges for our students,” said Dr. Fernando Figueroa, Gateway President. “With that in mind, our business and student support services will continue as usual, including admissions, advising, disability services, testing center, and access to on-campus computer labs.”
  • Turfway Park announced that the Jeff Ruby Steaks and remaining races will be run without spectators through March 28. The Jeff Ruby Steaks was scheduled for Saturday, March 14. The race is often a testing ground for potential Kentucky Derby horses.
  • Kenton County Public Library canceled all programming, meeting room use, and off-site events through at least April 3. The library said that all returned library materials will be quarantined for three days. The library ceased the acceptance of donations, and has extended its due-date through the duration of the COVID-19 coronavirus situation, and will not charge fines during this time. Modified hours of operation could follow, and the use of some equipment, including the virtual reality system, will be suspended. The library asks that patrons who are not feeling well or who are running a fever to stay out of library buildings.
  • Boone County Public Library has suspended all library programs and meeting room use starting Saturday March 14 through Saturday, April 11. This includes the cancellation of the annual Early Childhood Festival which was to take place this Saturday. The library's locations will remain open as usual. Library staff will continue to wipe down counters, furniture, and computers after use, and recommends that library staff and patrons practice social distancing. All children's toys will be placed in temporary storage. Donations of books and other materials will not be accepted until further notice. The library is asking customers not to return books or other items until April 11. Fines will also be suspended until then.
  • City of Bellevue cancels its sesquicentennial (150th birthday) celebration and vintage baseball game which was scheduled for Saturday, March 14. 
  • The Northern Kentucky International Festival, scheduled for this weekend in Covington at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, is postponed.
  • U.S. Bank's new branch in Ft. Mitchell was set to celebrate a grand opening on Saturday, March 21 with Reds legends George Foster and Dave Parker. That event has been canceled.
  • Thomas More University men's and women's basketball teams qualified for the NAIA national tournaments but both events have been canceled.
  • Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce announced that it is postponing select events through at least April 3. For a list of those events, click here.

This article may be updated as more information becomes available. If you have information, please send to [email protected].