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LIST: Events, schools, sports canceled in Arizona for coronavirus concerns

Here is an updated list on the closures and cancellations across Arizona that were issued in response to the number of coronavirus cases in the state and nation.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: This story was originally published on March 12. Here's the list of rescheduled events

Arizona continues to be impacted by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. 

Gov. Doug Ducey And Superintendent Kathy Hoffman have announced the closure of Arizona schools statewide through the end of the school year. 

Here are the other ways that the state has been affected by the outbreak. 

Grocery Stores

The following stores have adjusted hours until further notice. Seniors are given priority at some locations. Scroll further down to see the senior shopping hours. 

All Fry’s Food Stores locations in Arizona are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. all week.

Safeway and Albertsons stores will open an hour later and an hour later than normal. 

Bashas' Supermarkets are now open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. while Bashas' Dine Markets are open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.    

Stores are open 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; some stores have limited hours further. Call your store for hours.

Target will close all stores by 9 p.m.

Senior citizens

- Safeway's senior shopping hours are 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays

- Fry's Food Stores has senior shopping hours Mondays through Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.

- Beginning March 24, Walmart stores will hold a 1-hour senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older.

- Bashas', Food City and AJ's Fine Food stores will be open for people 65 and over from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Wednesdays.

- Bashas' reservation locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m to seniors. 

- Target will reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday for seniors and those with underlying health concerns.

- Whole Foods serves customers 60 years and older one hour before opening to the general public, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

- Albertson's has senior shopping hours 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Shoppers will be required to show I.D. at the door. If a caretaker is needed, one person is allowed to go with them during that time. The caretaker is not allowed to shop for themselves. The limits on purchases will still be in effect.


Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman have announced the closure of Arizona schools through the end of the school year. 

RELATED: All Arizona schools ordered to close through rest of the school year

Some school districts are still providing lunches to students at request. Check your district for details.


- Banner Health is restricting most visitors starting Thursday, March 19.

- Dignity Health hospitals in Arizona will be restricted to only one visitor starting Thursday, March 19.

- Phoenix Children's Hospital is restricting most visitors, including siblings under the age of 18. 

Only two caregivers would be allowed to accompany a patient at a time, and those caregivers would also have to undergo visitor screenings.


- Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino will close starting March 19 at 4 a.m. and stay closed through April 2. 

- Wild Horse Pass is closed until March 31; it may be extended.

- Lone Butte is closed until March 31; it may be extended.

- Vee Quiva casinos are closed until March 31; it may be extended.

- Casino Arizona will close through March 31. 

- Talking Stick Resort will close through March 31.

- Gila River Hotels and Casinos will close until April 1.

- Fort McDowell Casino will close until April 2.


- The Lion King at ASU Gammage (scheduled to run June 17-July 12) canceled

- Scottsdale Culinary Festival slated for April 18 is postponed.

- Country Thunder Arizona announced it would be postponing the music festival that was slated to start April 16 to a later date in the fall.

- The City of Mesa has closed all public libraries and recreation centers at least until March 31.

- The City of Phoenix has temporarily closed all public libraries and recreation centers.

- The City of Tempe will cancel public special events and project-specific public input meetings through the end of April.

- The Arizona Science Center closed facilities; staff are providing lessons through its social media.

- All Chandler Public Libraries will close to the public starting Thursday, March 19 and remain closed through March 31. 

- Events at the Phoenix Convention Center through May 10 have been postponed. 

- The 20th Annual Phoenix Film Festival, that was to be held March 26, has been postponed.

- The City of Peoria closed the community center and canceled all special events through April 12.

- Avondale public libraries are closed.

- Pat's Run, scheduled for April 18, is now a virtual run. This means participants will run on their own and not gather in a group. The Pat Tillman Foundation will be giving details on how runners will get t-shirts and medals at a later time.

- Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been postponedOrganizers say they're still working to determine a new date.

- Cirque Du Soleil Axel Performances in Tucson and Prescott Valley are canceled.

- A veterans event in Peoria with Rep. Debbie Lesko scheduled for March 14 was postponed.

- The Italian Festival has been postponed until Oct. 17 and 18.

- Culture Pop scheduled for March 28 in Avondale and Goodyear has been canceled.

- Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest on April 18 in Goodyear has been canceled.

- 50th annual Scottsdale Arts Festival has been canceled.

- Luke Days 2020 Airshow scheduled for March 21 to 22 is canceled.  

- Chandler Symphony concert scheduled for March 22 is canceled. 

- The Arizona Desert Challenge Games set for April 1 to 5 have been postponed.

- Tempe Adapted Adventure Day scheduled for March 28 is canceled.

- The City of Buckeye says Ultra Man (March 27), Buckeye Melodrama (March 27 and 28), Verrado’s Founders Day (March 28 and 29), Mayor Meck’s State of the City Address (April 16) are postponed.

- All Buckeye youth sports leagues are postponed until further notice.

- Phoenix Pride was postponed to Nov. 7 and 8 at Steele Indian Park in Phoenix. 

- Chandler Ostrich Festival: postponed. All purchased tickets will be honored on those dates.

- The Miracle League of Arizona has canceled its spring season.

- Antelope Canyon tours have been canceled until further notice according to the Navajo Nation. Refunds are being issued.

- The Arizona Renaissance Festival announced they are closed for the season.

- The Arizona Game Fair scheduled for March 20-22 at the Mesa Convention Center has been postponed to a later date.

- Taco Fest at Salt River Fields is postponed. The event was going to held on April 4. All tickets purchased with a credit card will automatically be refunded. 

-Arizona Mills, Phoenix Premium Outlets and Tucson Premium Outlets will be closed until March 29.   


The following universities and colleges have suspended in-person classes and moved them online. Check each campus for updates.

- Arizona State University

- The University of Arizona 

- Grand Canyon University

- Maricopa Community Colleges

- Northern Arizona University 

- Park University Gilbert

- Yavapai College


- The Diocese of Phoenix canceled weekday and Sunday masses and other gatherings until further notice.

- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday it is temporarily suspending all gatherings of church members worldwide.

- Christ's Church of the Valley decided to suspend large gatherings including weekend services. CCV is holding services online.

- The Sun Valley Community Church with locations in Casa Grande, East Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek and Tempe is moving to online services.


Entire sports leagues have canceled their events or suspended their season amid the outbreak. 

- National Basketball Association games, including the Phoenix Suns, have been suspended “until further notice."

- The National Hockey League will "pause" the 2019-2020 season due to concerns about coronavirus. 

- Major League Soccer said it's suspending its season for 30 days due to concerns about the spread.

- Major League Baseball has suspended spring training games and delayed Opening Day by at least two weeks. 

Tourism and attractions

- Scottsdale's trolley service is suspended from Wednesday, March 25, until further notice. Valley Metro service is still on a regular schedule, but they're conducting additional cleaning in response to coronavirus. 

- The Phoenix Zoo will temporarily be closed to visitors starting March 18. The zoo's veterinary staff will stay to care for the animals.

- Harkins Theatres is suspending operations at all of its movie theaters through March 31. Employees will still be paid. 

- All Gilbert recreation centers, public libraries, facilities and municipal buildings are closed through April 10. Gilbert Parks and Recreation spring classes are canceled and will automatically be refunded.

- The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts are closed to the public for at least two weeks starting March 16. 

- All public operations of Mesa's Museums, such as the Arizona Museum of Natural History, i.d.e.a. Museum, and Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, are temporarily closed for the duration of the pandemic. 

- The Havasupai Tribal Council is suspending all tourism until April 14.

- Great Wolf Lodge resorts will be closed until March 29.

- Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is suspending operations until the end of March. For updates, go here

- The Children's Museum of Phoenix is closed through March 31.

- Sunrise Park Resort is closed for the season.

- All AMC theatres have been temporarily closed.

- Grand Canyon West announced it would temporarily suspend operations at Grand Canyon Skywalk and the company's other tourist attractions. 

- Those included Hualapai River Runner tours, the Zipline, Hualapai Ranch and the Hualapai Lodge. 

- Arizona Snowbowl has suspended all operations until further notice


Orangetheory Fitness is closing all its corporate-owned studios until at least March 31. A number of franchised locations have also closed their doors. 

Life Time gym locations are closing until further notice.

Here is a link to some coronavirus myth-busters, according to WHO. 

The best way to prevent COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases is to:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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