GENESEE COUNTY — With federal, state and county officials all declaring a state of emergency last week in response to the COVID-19 viral outbreak, a lot has happened in Genesee County.
Here is a listing of some of the closing, changes and developments in the past several days:
• All K-12 schools in Genesee County and throughout the state are closed by order of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer effective through April 5.
• Mott Community College (MCC) has closed all college sites to the general public through April 5. The MCC Board of Trustees meetings and the Board Committee meetings will take place and are open to the public for college business continuity purposes. Details: Visit www.mcc.edu/Coronavirus
• Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the state of emergencies declared by both the State of Michigan and the City of Flint, Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium are closed to the public through March 20. During this time period, all public shows, exhibits, events, and programs are canceled.
• The Flint Institute of Arts has closed all public spaces at the Flint Institute of Arts and the Flint Institute of Arts Art School. All public programs, special and/or private events, and meetings through April 5 are postponed or canceled at this time. Details: Visit flintarts.org.
• The Flint Children’s Museum is closed to the public until April 4.
• Genesee District Library branches temporarily closed due to COVID-19
• All branches of the Genesee District Library (GDL) are temporarily closed. GDL leadership will continue to monitor the situation via the Center for Disease Control and other public health officials as information evolves. Library users who have borrowed library materials in their possession don’t need to worry about due dates or late fees for the items checked out. Library officials have asked that library users don’t return items to the drop box until they reopen. Also, items on hold when GDL closes will still be there when the library reopens. Digital library services, however, are plentiful, free and available 24/7. Library users are encouraged to access eBooks, eVideos, eMusic, and eMagazines from home.
• The downtown Flint ARTWALK program will be suspended until such a time when state and local public health officials deem it to be safe for crowds to gather. The pandemic will also cause Flint ARTWALK to re-organize its annual fundraising event, The Cool City Art Auction. It will announce the changes and new bidding protocol early next week. Greater Flint Arts Council will continue exhibitions which can be viewed during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
• The Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Award Dinner has been rescheduled from March 19 to May 14 at Genesys Banquet Center.
• Public access to Genesee County Drain Commissioner Offices has been restricted. The following restrictions are currently in place for the Beecher Road Administration Offices: The front counter is closed to the general public. Individuals may only enter the facility offices by appointment on an essential service or emergency basis. Anyone who typically interacts with that office in person is requested to do so by phone, email, or online. A drop box is available. Anyone entering the facility (by appointment only) will be subject to a temperature check and screening, to ensure the safety and public health of others. The Water Treatment Plant and Wastewater Treatment facilities are completely closed to the public. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. — G.G.