TUCSON, Ariz. — Several Tucson events have been canceled/postponed due to COVID-19 (conronavirus) concerns.
While four Pima County residents have tested presumptively positive, multiple events, sports teams and schools are taking precautions until further notice.
Fair time should be a fun time and never a time for fear. Public safety and wellness have always been and will always remain our priority.
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has created much confusion with numerous and everchanging guidelines resulting in the closing of events and event venues. Governor Ducey’s recommendation last week of eliminating gatherings of 50 people or more for an 8-week period, includes the Pima County Fair, scheduled April 16 – 26th.
The necessary actions taken by the Pima County Board of Supervisors Thursday, March 19, 2020, includes new restrictions outlined in the State of Emergency Proclamation that render it impossible to proceed with the Pima County Fair.
Not being able to bring this great tradition to Tucson and surrounding communities is disappointing The Pima County Fair impacts our local economy with over $36 million per year. The annual fair food drive provides 80,000 meals to the hungry. These losses, combined with the loss of proceeds from the 4-H livestock auction, will be certain to cause local financial ripples and waves in the months to come.
Like other events facing cancellation, the financial impact negatively affects many to include; vendors, exhibitors, sponsors, rodeo athletes, feed and bedding providers, service providers, entertainers, medic and security staffing, rental companies, along with hundreds of hourly workers who count on the fair for income to provide for their families.
The Covid-19 virus affects us all. It is our most sincere hope that we all remain healthy and that those who are currently ill, become well again soon. Our hearts go out to the lives lost thus far to Covid-19. We encourage our community and employees to be responsible and help mitigate further spread of the virus by following recommendations of the CDC. In these troubling times, we encourage our employees and community to be of help to neighbors and vulnerable groups. We encourage our employees as well as our community to remain calm and be creative in finding ways to get keep our community economically stable.
Simon, announced that after extensive discussions with federal, state and local officials and in recognition of the need to address the spread of COVID-19, Simon will close all of its retail properties, including Malls, Premium Outlets and Mills in the U.S. This measure will take effect from 7 pm local time today and will end on March 29.
Mall closing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18.
Here's a list of everything that's been canceled or closed in the last several weeks
Southeast Arizona National Parks - Closed
Southeast Arizona National Parks are Modifying Operations to
Implement Latest Health Guidance
Willcox, AZ – Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, and Coronado
National Memorial are announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the
White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote
social distancing. As of 3/18/2020 the Visitor Centers at Southeast Arizona National Parks are closed
until further notice. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, Park facilities, historic
districts, and trails remain open.
Please visit our websites at https://www.nps.gov/chir/index.htm ;
https://www.nps.gov/fobo/index.htm ; https://www.nps.gov/coro/index.htm to learn about the
natural and human history of our sites and for updated activities.
20th Anniversary Nighthawk 72 Memorial Ceremony - Canceled
April 11 event canceled with plans to possibly reschedule.
United Way Free Tax Prep - Temporary Closing
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona announced today the immediate but temporary closures of its local sites where free tax preparation service are provided for those who earned less than $66,000 last year. With plans to re-open its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites on April 6, the organization announced the creation of Get Your Refund, a new and secure online option for eligible taxpayers to complete and file their returns.
Tony Penn, president and CEO of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona issued the following statement:
“We have good news. Taxpayers can still get their tax returns completed from the comfort and safety of their homes by using the new Get Your Refund online intake at getyourrefund.org [getyourrefund.org] – a partnership between United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Code for America, and other VITA organizations. This option also offers a significant amount of customer support to help walk taxpayers through this online process.”
“At United Way, we understand the importance of free tax preparation services to members of our community who earn less than $66,000 per year. Since 2004, we’ve provided that service through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program to ensure that eligible individuals and families have access to the Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits that help boost refunds and recover income. We also understand that, during this national health crisis, many workers, especially those without paid sick leave, are facing the challenge of making ends meet. Those individuals need their tax refunds now more than ever, and while we have a responsibility to serve our community, the best way to do that is to put public health first. In that spirit, our in-person tax sites will close until April 6 in an effort to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and ‘flatten the curve.’”
Tucson Mall - Reduced Hours
The mall will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art - Temporary Closing
To help contain the spread of COVID-19 MOCA will be temporarily closing to the public starting today, Wednesday, March 18. This follows the postponement of our education and public programs.
Nature Conservancy - Temporary Closing
In an effort the slow the spread of COVID-19, The Nature Conservancy in Arizona is closing all public preserves.
Ramsey Canyon Preserve and Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve – both located in southern Arizona – are closed immediately.
Reid Park Zoo - Temporary Closing
The health and well-being of our guests, our staff, and the animals in our care is at the heart of our mission at Reid Park. As a 24-acre outdoor facility and community resource, The Zoo has been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19/Coronavirus and in the past several weeks has enacted enhanced sanitation and operational precautions as added safety measures. In consultation with City of Tucson officials and following the lead of state and local health officials, Reid Park Zoo has made the decision to temporarily close to the public starting Wednesday, March 18 through Tuesday, March 31 to further support community efforts to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. We are also closing our Asian Lantern Festival and have postponed other scheduled events through April 2020 as listed on our website.
As we continue to navigate the evolving situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Casino Del Sol have made the decision to temporarily close both Casino Del Sol and Casino of the Sun beginning Wednesday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. through Monday, April 13 at 8:00 a.m. This closure will include Casino Del Sol, Casino of the Sun, the Resort, Estrella at Casino Del Sol, AVA Amphitheater and Sewailo Golf Club.
We are taking these steps because our priority is our community – our team members, our guests, and the wider community of Tucson and the entire State of Arizona. We believe a temporary closure is the right thing to do in order to help reduce the impact of the virus in our community.
During this time Casino Del Sol will compensate our team members without requiring them to use their paid time off. We are recommending to team members that while the properties are closed, they should follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and public health experts regarding social distancing and avoiding crowds, keeping in mind that that guidance may also change and evolve over time.
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Casino Del Sol will continue to closely monitor the situation and will keep you updated on our plans moving forward, should they change.
Tumamoc Hill will close temporarily to the public on Wednesday, March 18, at noon, for an undetermined period of time, as a safety precaution in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.
Pima County Public Libraries announced today all public libraries and bookdrops will be closed effective at the close of business on March 17. The move is based on recommendations by the Arizona Library Association as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.
Library materials due dates will be extended until further notice.
Library staff will be reviewing the possibility of a limited reopening of the libraries to include at least two options: limited library hours at 26 library locations; and regional library coverage with hours of operations limited to a single shift each day.
More information will be provided when available.
Oro Valley Parks and Recreation - closes most facilities and programming
The Town of Oro Valley continues to actively work with local, state, and federal partners to mitigate the presence of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our region. In accordance with direction implemented today by the federal government to restrict the gathering of groups of more than 10 people, and in an effort to take a regional approach to this issue, Oro Valley Parks and Recreation will be taking additional steps to protect employees and the general public. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, the Oro Valley Aquatic Center and the Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center (including the Overlook Restaurant) will close until further notice. These closures also include all aquatics, youth programs, spring break camps, fitness classes and any other programs provided by Oro Valley Parks and Recreation.
Kitt Peak - closed to the public
To help prevent the spread of the virus causing Covid-19, we have closed to the public, and cancelled all upcoming public programs. Please do not drive up the mountain road for any reason. If you are scheduled for programs in the next few months, please check back before traveling to Arizona, or driving up the mountain.
Miraval Resorts - closed from March 22-April 30
It is during these unprecedented times, we must make unprecedented decisions.
In response to the most recent guidelines from the CDC and government officials,
Miraval Resorts & Spas will suspend all operations and services starting Sunday March 22, 2020 in an effort to protect the wellbeing of our guests and colleagues. Miraval Arizona and Miraval Austin will be cancelling existing reservations and suspending new reservations from
March 22 through April 30, 2020. It is a fluid situation and we will keep you updated on
Miraval operations accordingly.
Please do not be concerned about calling our reservations team to cancel your stay. This will be taken care of automatically for you if you have a reservation arrival date between March 22 – April 30, 2020. A member of Miraval’s Experience Planning team will personally contact you to help reschedule your upcoming Miraval stay to a later date or arrange a
full refund of your deposit.
We are mindful of the individual and communal responsibility we have in containing and protecting against COVID-19. We want all of our guests and colleagues to focus on what is most important – the health of the individual and our global community.
In the meantime, we hope you will continue to connect with us online and on social media (@miravalresorts). We strive to bring you Miraval inspired recipes (that will nourish your body and immune system), mindful activities (to foster meaningful bonding time with you and your family), self-care rituals and exercises (because taking care of your wellbeing is more important now than ever), and meditations (that will keep you grounded and mentally fortified during these difficult times).
We feel hopeful that we will come through this stronger and more balanced together.
We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation.
Pima County Sheriff's Department - suspending volunteer operations
Due to current health concerns with COVID-19, The Pima County Sheriff’s Department Auxiliary Volunteers (SAV) have decided to temporarily suspend non-critical operations. These include fingerprinting services for the public, the dispose-a-med program, and any other services requiring contact with the public. SAVs will still respond to call-outs to support deputies and detectives during major incidents and at crime scenes.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department Auxiliary Volunteers (SAV) is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization comprised of exceptionally trained individuals that provide support services alongside the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Since 1981, this non-profit volunteer organization has provided over 1 million hours of service to the community. Through their contributions, the SAVs are a vital part of our efforts to enhance the quality of life within the community we serve and their efforts are appreciated and invaluable.
The Sheriff’s Department understands and respects the decision of the SAV organization. Those requiring fingerprint services will have to look elsewhere until such time as the COVID-19 crisis stabilizes and will immediately inform the public when SAV services resume.
Pima County Superior Court - suspending new jury service
Pima County Presiding Judge Kyle A. Bryson, in response to concerns for the health and safety of our community, court staff, and its judiciary, and through the mandates outlined in Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-47, provides the following directives as to court operations in reaction to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Information for those attending court, visiting the courthouse or its court agencies: Arizona’s courts remain open. Alternative actions outlined below will reduce the number of visitors to our courthouses while safeguarding individuals’ access to justice and Constitutional rights. We request that you do not come to court if you are ill. Instead, please make other arrangements concerning your appointment at the courthouse. Jury Duty Jury service for all courts in Pima County has been suspended until March 31, 2020. Prospective jurors should call 520-724-4222 for further information. Attorneys If remote participation is desired, Counsel should contact the judge’s chambers. Parties to a Case/Litigants If represented, litigants should contact their attorney and follow their directives. If you are ill, representing yourself, and scheduled to attend a Superior Court hearing, please call 520- 724-4200 to start the process of coordinating an alternative method of participation or rescheduling of your matter. Juvenile Court and Juvenile Services To ensure the safety and health of the detained juvenile population, as well as attorneys, court staff, and the judiciary, measures are now in place and certain hearings and proceedings will take place via telephone only. For a current list of these actions, contact the Pima County Juvenile Court, at 520-724- 2000. • Family Drug Court is temporarily suspended, through March 31, 2020. CASA Volunteers CASA volunteers who have cases before the court should contact the CASA Supervisor at 520-724-2069. Pretrial Services If you are scheduled to meet with a Pretrial Services officer, please call 520-724-3310. Adult Probation Individuals on probation should contact their probation officer or the Adult Probation Office at 520-724- 3800. Family Center of the Conciliation Court Individuals scheduled to attend a Parenting Education class or bring their children by for an interview should call the Conciliation Court at 520-724-5769 to determine the status of their session, and, if necessary, to reschedule their appointments.
Saguaro National Park Vistors Center - closed
In response to the updated guidelines issued by the White House yesterday and in consultation with public health officials, Saguaro National Park has made the difficult decision to suspend operations inside the two visitor centers and cancel interpretive programs for at least the next 15 days.
Tucson Botanical Gardens - partial closure
Because we are a guest facing organization, we’re taking steps to protecting our guests and our staﬀ. 🌵Eﬀective today🌵 Tuesday, March 17 the following areas and items are being closed and/or cancelled until further notice: • The Cox Butterﬂy & Orchid Pavilion • The public indoor areas of the Gardens that include the Legacy Gallery, Porter Hall, Friends House Galleries as well as the Education Classroom/Gallery • All Education classes and docent led tours • The Ultimate Home & Garden Tour
The Gardens, Gift Shop and Café will remain open and we encourage guests to use common-sense health precautions when visiting the Gardens
All stores closed until at least March 28.
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base - health protocol activated
The 355th Wing Commander has directed an upgrade to Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Bravo in response to COVID-19. There are zero confirmed cases at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the Pima County Health Department assesses the current risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the county remains low.
The decision to elevate the HPCON is in response to the evolving public health situation in the local area. The health of our Airmen, families and community partners remains our top priority, and this is a prudent measure taken to help minimize the potential spread of the virus at Davis-Monthan and within the county.
HPCON BRAVO and Davis-Monthan’s updated posture includes the following actions:
- Strict Hygiene (frequently washing and/or sanitizing hands, wiping common-use items with disinfectant)
- Covering mouths and noses with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing; and staying home when sick
- Practicing social distancing and refrain from physical contact such as hand shaking, fist bumps, and sharing food
- Cancelation of large-scale community events base tours
Airmen and families can remain informed about COVID-19 using the list of resources below. If members of the Davis-Monthan community develop symptoms, come into close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or who has recently traveled from an affected area, they should immediately contact 355 MDG Public Health’s COVID-19 Helpline (520-228-1904).
Tucson City courts - postpones court appearances
In an effort to reduce possible exposure to COVID-19, coronavirus, Tucson City Court, Tucson City Prosecutor, and Tucson City Public Defender have implemented measures to allow people to postpone their City Court appearances.
We have been carefully moitoring the information and guidelines being made available reagding the COVID-19 virus. In order to do our part in the efforts to flatten the curve and impact of this virus, we have made the very difficult decision to close the operations of all our clubs beginning Monday, March 16, until at least April 1, 2020.
Harkins Theatres has made the decision Monday to temporarily close their locations amid COVID-19.
While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Harkins Theatres, today, the following the guidance from the CDC, the WHO, and the federal government we have determined that we must temporarily suspend the operation of our movie theatres through March 31, 2020. Our Guest Services team will automatically process refunds for all showtimes affected by this closure. Confirmations will be sent via email once your refund has been processed. Please allow 72 hours for refunds to be processed.
City of Tucson Parks and Recreation, Aquatics - closed
The City of Tucson continues to actively work with local, state, and federal partners to mitigate the presence of COVID-19 coronavirus in our region. In accordance with direction implemented today by the federal government to restrict the gathering of groups of more than 10 people, Tucson Parks and Recreation will be taking the additional steps below to protect employees and the public. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, all City recreation centers and aquatics facilities will be closed through the end of March. All aquatics, youth programs (SchoolzOut Camps, InBetweeners Club, and KIDCO), and senior programming will also be canceled during this time.
"Unfortunately we are saddened to say we are canceling KFMADAY 2020! DO NOT GO TO PIZZA HUT TO GET REFUNDS. For more information go to KFMA.com
Saying goodbye to our lovely Anne and the unexpected closing of “Showdown in Tucson” tonight. A very emotional day. We WILL return to you, Tucson. 42 years means we will bounce right back. We love you and we will return to making Tucson laugh very soon! Thank you for the outpouring of love and support in this difficult time. Please stay healthy and safe so we can see you again soon.
Amid concerns over the CoronaVirus (COVID-19) we have experienced more than 100 author cancellations; authors have expressed deep regret that they will not be able to spend the weekend with us. This has deeply affected our author panel schedule and we anticipate more changes and cancellations will be forthcoming. This leaves us with little or no way to plan for author panels or to communicate effectively with the public about those changes.
Cyclovia - canceled
Cyclovia Tucson is a community-powered event that celebrates the people and places that make Tucson special. The health and wellness of every member of our community is of the utmost importance. To this end, Living Streets Alliance (LSA) announces that the next Cyclovia Tucson currently scheduled for March 29th, 2020 is canceled in an effort to help slow the spread of the novel COVID-19 virus.
Very little is known at this time about the risk of contraction or prevalence of the virus in Southern Arizona, yet it is clear that limiting large gatherings and practicing social distancing can dramatically slow the spread of any virus.
Like all U.S. universities, the University of Arizona is rapidly ramping up coronavirus mitigation efforts to keep our community as safe as possible.
Accordingly, we are delaying the start of classes to Wednesday, March 18, and moving from in-person instruction to online instruction wherever possible.
The Pac-12 Conference has made the decision to cancel the remainder of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament and all Pac-12 sport competitions and Pac-12 Championship events, effective immediately, until further notice. This decision has been made in consultation with our member universities in an effort to limit the spread of the virus and in the interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes, campus personnel, working and event personnel, and all those who attend Pac-12 events.
Pima Community College - most in person classes suspended, moving to online classes
Spring break for students, which was scheduled from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22, has been extended by two days, with students returning Wednesday, March 25. On March 25, in-person classes will move to virtual instruction whenever possible. Courses requiring “hands-on” instruction, including technical courses and healthcare clinical training, will continue in person, as scheduled until further notice. Courses that cannot be transitioned to a virtual environment, such as labs and hands-on training will also continue to be taught face to face. After two weeks the College will reassess when to return to normal operations.
Tucson Sugar Skulls - season postponed
The Indoor Football League will be postponing its season until further notice following Saturday night’s games in Oakland and San Diego.
Tucson Roadrunners - season postponed
In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League announced today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight’s games. The Coyotes game versus the Vancouver Canucks tonight has been suspended. The American Hockey League has also decided to suspend play until further notice. The Tucson Roadrunners’ upcoming games, beginning with Saturday’s game versus Texas, have been suspended.
National Junior College Athletic Association - suspending all spring sports competition
As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it impacts our member colleges, the NJCAA has made the decision to suspend all spring competition through Friday, April 3rd as long with the postponement of basketball championships until April 20th. The NJCAA is also extending the hardship season competition ruling to 60%- should teams cancel their season before the limit is reached. Student-athletes will not be charged a year of eligibility for the 2020-21 season. The NJCAA is also looking at increasing its allowable number of letters of intent which will be vetted by the eligibility committee. Our goal is to look after the safety and security of all involved, while also still providing a pathway to allow opportunities for our student-athletes and the ability to compete for a National Championship. The situation will continued to be monitored. This ruling is in the best interests of our students and student-athletes,” Jim Monaco, Pima’s Interim Athletic Director said.
Town of Sahuarita events - canceled
- (March 14) Sahuarita Creative Arts Festival
- (March 19) Tunes Around Town at Anamax Bark Park
- (March 28) Fiesta Sahuarita
- (March 28) Fiesta Sahuarita
- Marana Events
For the safety and well-being of the community, Town of Marana will be implementing proactive precautionary measures, including canceling major events to promote social distancing amidst the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The impacted events are:
- (March 13) Honea Heights Park Grand Opening: POSTPONED
- (March 14) Town of Marana Cape Chase – Adaptive Fun Run: POSTPONED
- (March 28) Marana Founders’ Day: CANCELED
- (April 4) Marana Presents: Continental Ranch: CANCELED
- (Various dates) Select Marana Parks and Recreation Programming: CANCELED OR POSTPONED. Please contact Marana Parks and Recreation for information (520-382-1950).
Oro Valley Events
Out of an abundance of caution, the Town of Oro Valley is taking steps to minimize the potential for community spread of COVID-19. These efforts will be in place through April 1, 2020 during which time Town officials, in partnership with the Pima County Health Department and Arizona Department of Health Services, will continue to reassess the situation and monitor daily developments.
- (March 13) Friday Night Concert at Steam Pump Ranch: CANCELED
- (March 14) Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch: CANCELED
- (March 15) Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon CANCELED
- (March 17) Public Bike Tour: CANCELED
- (March 28) Bike. Swap. Sell.: CANCELED
- (March 29) Taste of Oro Valley POSTPONED
- (April 3) AACM Oro Valley Forum POSTPONED
The Town of Sahuarita is putting precautionary measures in place to mitigate the danger to public health posed by the COVID-19
- (March 28) Fiesta Sahuarita: CANCELED
- (March 19) Tunes Around Town at Anamax Bark Park: CANCELED
This was a heartbreaking decision as we have spent the last several weeks monitoring all the reliable information related to our region and relying on our local health department professionals to determine the best course for the 100th Fourth Avenue Street Fair. With all the other actions being taken throughout our community and Arizona by other organizations we believe we are acting in the best interest of everyone who is impacted by our biannual Street Fair. We understand this is a major disappointment for the hundreds of artists and the thousands of folks who look forward to this event. While this event is canceled, we remind everyone that the 2020 December Fair is scheduled for December 11, 12 & 13.
Tucson St Patrick's Day Parade - Canceled
With great regret, the Tucson St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival Committee must announce the rescheduling of its parade and festival for 2020. The parade and festival previously scheduled for Sunday, March 15, 2020 in downtown Tucson will not take place. Mayor Regina Romero's recent announcement brought the seriousness and necessity of a this very difficult decision into focus. The Committee thanks, with all its heart, the volunteers, parade entries, artists and vendors who were prepared to share their day and talents with the Tucson Community. We would also like to thank the City of Tucson and the Tucson community for their continuing support.
There are parts of Irish history that were difficult that we didn't have a say about: subjects of the british empire, war, famine, pestilence, coffin ships. This is an opportunity to have a say and contribute to the health and benefit of the community we have come to love. So. please visit our website and/or Facebook page for the announcement of our next celebration. We may be delayed but we are not daunted.
The beneficiary of the Tucson St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival Committee is the Scholarship Fund for the Children of Fallen Officers. For further information on how to benefit this group, please consult our website.
It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to suspend public performances at the Fox beginning Monday, March 16th through Sunday, April 5th. At that time, we will reevaluate the situation and continue to work with our touring artist partners to determine if and when rescheduling is possible. Our weekend shows (Altan 3/14 and The Music of Cream 3/15) will be go on as scheduled, and patrons are asked to make their own decisions specific to your circumstances.
2nd Saturdays - Canceled
The March 14, 2020 2nd Saturdays event in Downtown Tucson will be cancelled, as public health authorities have warned of the increased potential for COVID-19 to be spread at large gatherings. As 2nd Saturdays is a monthly event, a determination as to holding future events will be made on a month-to-month basis based on the direction of public health authorities. The board of 2nd Saturdays appreciates the public’s understanding. Donovan Durban
Climb To Conquer Cancer - Postponed
We are heading into what is an important time in our fundraising efforts for our mission, but the American Cancer Society’s top priority remains the health and safety of our volunteers, staff, and the cancer patients and their loved ones who rely on us. Therefore, ACS is suspending all events through March 31. Once the COVID-19 threat has subsided, we will work with our volunteers and communities to reschedule them. Moving forward, we will soon decide about events currently scheduled for April and then, if this public health threat stretches out over several weeks, we will again assess and make decisions beyond April. We are grateful for all the dedication of our volunteers and appreciate the sacrifices they make to support our events. These events will be back. The COVID-19 situation remains uncertain and fluid and our goal is to respond in a way that best meets the health and safety needs of those who rely on us. To support the American Cancer Society, donate now at www.cancer.org [cancer.org].
Cirque du Soleil Axel - April 17-19 performances canceled
Taking into consideration the WHO and CDC’s recommendation for social distancing as well as the escalation of the COVID-19 epidemic, Cirque du Soleil will not be performing AXEL as scheduled at the Tucson Arena from April 17-19, 2020.
All ticket holders for AXEL in Tucson will receive official notice on how to proceed from the original point of purchase. If you have purchased your tickets through Ticketmaster, please note that you will automatically be refunded on the credit card used for the purchase.
Monster Jam - Postponed
Due to the increasing spread of COVID-19 and expanding restrictions on domestic and international travel, and in accordance with national, state and local governments prohibiting large group gatherings, the upcoming Monster Jam events scheduled for Friday, March 20, through Sunday, March 22, 2020, at the Tucson Arena will be postponed. The future date is yet to be announced; please hold on to your tickets, and you will be contacted as soon as the new date is confirmed. Should you choose to receive a refund, please contact Ticketmaster Customer Service online at https://www.ticketmaster.com/h/returns.html or via phone 800-653-8000.
Rillito Racetrack - Suspended
Following the request of City of Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and a declaration from Governor Doug Ducey, Rillito Race Track will suspend racing the weekends of March 14-15 and March 21-22, 2020. For more information: Rillito Race Track (520) 745-5486
Biosphere 2 - Suspending Public Activities
With the escalating public health crisis, we must all take a proactive approach to protecting our community's health, including our team. With this in mind, Biosphere 2 will be suspending all public activities effective today, March 13, at 4 p.m., for an undetermined period of time.
Arizona Arts - canceling all performances, exhibitions, and events through the end of the Spring 2020 semester
In the interest of the health and welfare of our students, faculty, staff, patrons, and performers, Arizona Arts is canceling all performances, exhibitions, and events through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. This decision is in line with public health guidelines regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), as well as appropriate procedures determined by the University of Arizona. We also feel that this is the best course of action for our community. Arizona Arts plays an essential role in bringing community members together, but at this time and under these challenging circumstances, the potential risk is too great. Our box offices are currently working to process refunds for canceled performances. Ticket holders for these performances will be notified directly and refunds will be provided. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact our box office team at 520-621-3341. While it’s disappointing to cancel these upcoming events, we look forward to coming together again as a community when the time is right.
Children's Museum Tucson - Open
As of this time, the Museum is open and operating normally for regular daily visitors. At Children’s Museum Tucson | Oro Valley, we are always mindful of the health and safety of our visitors. Our cleaning protocols follow standards to prevent the spread of illness. We consistently clean, disinfect and sanitize the Museum exhibits and public spaces throughout the day and will continue to maintain a high standard of care in regards to any type of community health situation.
Reid Park Zoo - Open
Public giraffe feedings
- Keeper Chats and docent touch carts
- Carousel and train rides
- The public areas of the Conservation Learning Center
- Community outreach programs
- Education classroom programs and behind the scenes tours
- Internal programs, meetings, and events are being moved to virtual meetings where possible.
- The Asian Lantern Festival is open, but all performances at the Festival are canceled. Guests who have pre-purchased tickets to the Lantern Festival who choose not to attend can call the Zoo for a refund or to exchange their tickets for another event.
- The Zoo Café and Gift Shop are open; however fewer than 50 people will be admitted at a time.
- The Zoo’s Wills Workshop on March 31 is postponed.
- The Zoo’s Wine Gone Wild event on April 25 is postponed.
- Gatherings and rentals with more than 50 guests are suspended.
- Groups who have previously scheduled rentals and third-party events are being contacted to discuss rescheduling or other options.
This is an evolving list and may be updated in the coming days.