Ann Arbor Coronavirus Closures & Cancellations
With COVID-19 cases now in Ann Arbor, we are starting to assemble a list of Ann Arbor Coronavirus Closures and Cancelations. I expect the list to continue to grow and evolve over the next week or two.
- Ann Arbor Coronavirus Updates
- Washtenaw County Coronavirus School Closings
- Ann Arbor Coronavirus Closures
- Ann Arbor City
- Other Governments
- University Closures
- Indoor Play & Activities
- Museums & Zoos
- Fitness Centers
- Stores and Restaurants
- Grocery Stores
- Event Cancellations
- Ann Arbor Area COVID-19 Exposure Locations
- Suggested Activities
Ann Arbor Coronavirus Updates
- 3/16/2020 –
- 3p – Governor Whitmer’s executive order does not just close all restaurants at 3p. It also closes indoor amusement, libraries, museums, gyms, spas, and more
- 8a Governor Whitmer will hold a press conference later today to announce that all restaurants and bars will close at 3p on Monday, March 16 for dine in service. Delivery and carry-out are still allowed.
- 3/13/2020 –
- 8a – We have added a list of Washtenaw County Exposure Locations. There is currently only 1, but it is sure to grow as more are announced.
- 11:30p – Governor Whitmer has announced that all K-12 schools will be closed from Monday, March 16-Sunday, April 5
- 9:35p – There are now 12 cases in Michigan, including two in Washtenaw County. Both Washtenaw County Cases had a history of travel, one international and one domestic.
- 3/11/2020 – Breaking news: There is now a confirmed case at UM Hospital – This is one of the two cases reported on Tuesday
Washtenaw County Coronavirus School Closings
Ann Arbor Public Schools
Ann Arbor Public Schools will have a half-day on Friday, March 13 and plans to reopen on Monday, April 6. Their email did not include what time half-day pickup is. Their Facebook post clarifies that it is the same as early release days: High School: 12:06 (Community 11:50a), Middle School 12:37, K-8: 12:52, & Elementary 1:29p. Lunch will be served.
They will be making meals available to students who receive food assistance at school. They will also be putting plans in place for distance learning such as making devices and expanded wifi available. Food assistance is available. Parents should check their emails for a technology survey if your child did not fill it out in school on Friday. My 8th grader received several assignments on Monday, March 16 from her teachers. I expect more the rest of the week.
Spring Break Rec & Ed Camps will also be canceled.
All K-12 schools are closed throughout the state of Michigan.
Ann Arbor Coronavirus Closures
Ann Arbor City
All parks facilities will be closed and events canceled. Parks will remain open for general use. The Farmers Market will also close. All permitted events with 50 or more people will be canceled and social distancing will be required at other events.
The city is closing City Hall from 5p on Friday, March 13 through Sunday, April 5. City staff will provide services via phone, email, and online including paying tickets, water bills, property taxes, and applying for permits.
Washtenaw County is closing buildings and non-essential departments through April 5. Essential staff will work from home when possible.
Pittsfield Township has closed all township buildings (except emergency services). Employees will either work remotely or in staggered shifts at the office to decrease exposure. Residents may conduct township business online and by phone. Pittsfield has canceled all township events and recreation programming through the end of April. This update replaces our earlier update where they were operating on limited hours.
By executive order, all libraries in the state are now closed.
Ann Arbor District Library will be closing at 6p on Friday, March 13 until further notice. Please do not return to the drop boxes while they are closed. Return dates are being reset to April 30. All holds not picked up by the close of business will be available when the library reopens. On March 16, they opened The Bummer Game…an online game to start earning points for the 2020 Summer Game.
Ypsilanti District Library will be closing at 6p on Friday, March 13 with a plan to reopen on April 6. It is a popup on their website right now that says to see their site for more information (and it will not re-appear after you close it) . I could not find more information, but wanted to be sure to share it as soon as possible.
Dexter District Library will be closing on Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15. They hope to reopen with limited services on March 16 through April 6. All events are canceled through April 5.
Milan Public Library will be closed from March 14 through April 5 – the same as Milan Public Schools
University of Michigan is canceling classes for Thursday and Friday. Classes will resume remotely on Monday. Finals will be online and commencement is canceled.
Eastern Michigan University is suspending in person classes through March 31 with a tentative return date of April 1. They are also closing canceling events and reducing library hours.
Indoor Play & Activities
By executive order, all indoor amusement and sports facilities in the state are now closed.
- Kidopolis is closed during the coronavirus outbreak. They have canceled open play and are rescheduling parties.
- The Neutral Zone is closed beginning at 6p on March 11. They will follow the guidance of Ann Arbor Public Schools on after school activities.
- Ruby’s Makery
- Planet Rock – closed until further notice
Museums & Zoos
By executive order, all museums in the state are now closed.
- Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum & Leslie Science & Nature Center will be closed from 5p March 13 with all public programs canceled. They hope to reopen on April 6.
- Yankee Air Museum is closed now through March 18. They announced the closure on Thursday. I expect that they will extend their closure to match other Ann Arbor Area venues.
- Michigan Firehouse Museum is closed from Friday, March 13 at 3p for the foreseeable future.
- The Henry Ford Museum and all associated venues are closed from Thursday, March 12 at 5p through Wednesday, March 18. They will re-evaluate on March 18.
- The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is closed from Saturday, March 14 until further notice.
- The Toledo Zoo is closed from 5p Friday, March 13, through April 1.
- The Detroit Zoo is closed through March 31.
By executive order, all indoor amusement and sports facilities in the state are now closed as of March 16 at 3p.
Ann Arbor YMCA – will close at noon on Friday, March 13 for a deep clean after an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 used the men’s locker room and pool area. They plan to reopen on Sunday, March 15.
Saline Recreation Center will close from Saturday, March 14 with a goal of reopening on Monday, April 6
Goldfish Swim School is closed. They currently plan to reopen on April 3.
Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center is closing for a deep clean from Saturday March 14 to Monday March 16. They will reopen on Tuesday, March 17.
Stores and Restaurants
- Literati Bookstore is closed until further notice. They are offering $1 shipping on website orders.
- Mall stores with closures – The mall is now closed. The following stores announced closures before the
- Apple Stores
- Von Maur
- JC Penney
- Eddie Bauer
- Pottery Barn
- American Eagle
- Bobcat Bonnie’s announced on Sunday that they are closed.
- Weber’s Restaurant is Closed
- Old Navy
- Five Below (starting 3/19)
Learning Express is now offering Curbside shopping only.
Grocery stores are continuing to operate. However, many have decreased their hours to allow for increased cleaning and re-stocking needs.
- Meijer – New Hours: 8a-10p. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, they are offering special 7-8a shopping for the elderly and those with chronic health issues. On Mondays and Wednesdays they are offering 7-8a shopping hours for their employees and essential service workers (health care, first responders, and law enforcement).
- Kroger 7a-10p
- Sam’s Club 9a-8p
Almost all local events have been canceled through March 15 with many closures extending indefinitely. Some large April events have also been canceled including FestiFools, FoolMoon, Big House 5K, and the Spring Game.
- Ann Arbor District Library has now indefinitely canceled all activities.
- Ann Arbor Parks is canceling all events
- All UM Sporting Events – and across the Big 10
- UM Museums have canceled events, but are remaining open.
- Ypsilanti District Library has canceled select events.
- Literati Bookstore has canceled in-store events.
- Nicola’s Bookstore has canceled all events
- St Francis of Assisi Church has canceled their remaining Friday Fish Fry dinners.
- Milan Library – all events until at least the end of April. Library is closed
- Saline Library – all events and room reservations, no friends shop, and no donations accepted through April 4
- Dexter Library
- Detroit Zoo has canceled all events but is remaining open. Their Easter events are also canceled.
- Girl Scout Heart of Michigan Activities and Cookie Booths will be canceled beginning on Monday, March 16.
At this point the list of event closures has become too long to display in the article. At this point assume events not included in our confirmed section below are not being held.
Ann Arbor Area COVID-19 Exposure Locations
We have created a list of known COVID-19 Exposure Locations. Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been at these locations at specified dates and times. This list will continue to evolve over time as more is discovered about those with COVID-19.
Outdoor activities are a great option for getting out of the house, but limiting exposure.
Check out our list of 5 Family-Friendly Hikes. Hikes are perfect for maintaining social distance and limiting touch points.
While playgrounds may seem tempting, the virus can live on metal and plastic surfaces for an extended time period. So we are recommending activities like walks, playing in a field, etc.
Check out our Daily Activity Videos that will be added until school resumes.