A quick recap of area cancellations and postponements due to coronavirus concerns:


In Jackson County, dine-in eating is prohibited for the time being. Restaurants are selling by drive-through and carry-out only.


Independence Center: The center will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The Food Court is open for delivery and take-out orders only. Macy’s will be closed until the end of the month. Other individual stores have elected to reduce their hours on a different schedule from the Center itself. Visit the Center website at https://shopindependencecenter.com/event/reduced-store-hours/ to verify specific store hours.

Schools and universities

• All area public schools on the Missouri side of the metro area are closed through April 3.

• UMKC: In-person classes have been suspended. Online classes are ongoing.

• Metropolitan Community Colleges: Closed through March 22.

• Graceland University: In-person classes suspended. Online classes begin March 29.

Community centers

• Blue Springs: Vesper Hall closed until April 5.

• Grain Valley: The community center closed until March 28. The phone will be answered for calls with questions at (816) 847-6230.

• Independence: The Palmer Center, the Truman Memorial Building, the Sermon Community Center, George Owens Nature Center, the National Frontier Trails Museum and the Uptown Market are closed through approximately May 15. The historic site openings (Bingham-Waggoner Estate and Vaile Mansion) are delayed until May 16.

• Fairmont Community Center: The center has canceled activities. However, meals to go will continue to be available for pick up. To reserve a meal, call 816-254-8334 24 hours ahead of time.


• The Kansas City Public Library is closed until further notice.

• The Mid-Continent Public Library is closed through March 31.

Nature centers

The Missouri Department of Conservation: All nature centers, visitor centers and education centers closed. The indoor facilities will be closed to the public through April 15. Nature center trails remain open. Local nature centers include Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs and the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center in Kansas City.

Historical and cultural sites

• Truman Home: Closed until further notice.

• Harry S. Truman Office and courtroom: Closed until April 1.

• Wild About Harry: The Truman Library Institute has announced that the annual Wild About Harry dinner scheduled for April 23 has been postponed.

• Community of Christ International Headquarters: All World Church sites are now closed to the public and World Church-sponsored events are canceled through at least April 12. This includes the Temple Complex, Peace Pavilion and all historic sites.


• Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: All events scheduled at the Kauffman Center through May 10 have been canceled.

• The Kansas City Zoo: The zoo is closed through April 1. The Zoo advises that all the animals are still being well cared for and there is no evidence that the animals are at risk of catching the coronavirus.

• MercyMe Concert: This concert, scheduled for March 20 at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, has been postponed to Oct. 23. All tickets for the March 20 concert will be honored, and ticket purchasers will have the same seat(s) in October.

• Raspberry Spring Expo, Art and Craft Event: This event, scheduled for March 20 and 21, at the Pavilion at John Knox Village, has been canceled.

• The Road Show: This concert, which was scheduled for March 26 at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, has been canceled. Refunds on tickets may be obtained at the point of purchase.


• Jackson County Circuit Court: Numerous cases and other scheduled court events have been canceled or postponed.

The selection of juries has been canceled through March 27.

Entry into the courthouses in Jackson County has been limited by court order. To see the specific list of persons who will not be admitted to the courthouses, visit https://www.16thcircuit.org

Multiple changes have been made as to which court dockets will be heard and which will be postponed. To see the full order regarding these changes, visit https://www.16thcircuit.org

If you are a prospective juror, you may contact the jury commissioner at 816-881-3602.

If you are seeking an order of protection regarding child or adult abuse, contact (816) 881-3974.

If you need information about the status of your case, consult Casenet.org or call the clerk’s offices as follows: civil records in Kansas City, 816-881-3920; civil records in Independence, 816-8814524; criminal records, 816-881-4351; or probate records, 816-881-3602.

• Municipal Court of Independence: The court has been suspended until further notice. Court clerks will continue to be available by phone. Payments may be made by U.S. mail or left in the drop box embedded on the wall outside to the left of the lower level doors into City Hall. No cash payments will be accepted. Updates should be posted at https://www.municipalrecordsearch.com/independencemo

• Municipal Court of Blue Springs: All dockets have been postponed through April 6. Court clerks will be working, but the building is closed. If you need to contact the court, you may call the clerks at 816-228-0175 or email the clerks at court@bluespringsgov.com. If you have a fine which is payable online, you may do so at the City of Blue Springs website, www.bluespringsgov.com.