Last Updated: March 24, 2020 at 2:38 PM EDT
TIFFIN — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday issued an order banning mass gatherings of more than 100 people throughout the state.
This excludes shopping malls, airports, typical office environments, and schools, as those are defined as areas where 100 or more people may be “in transit.” It does not include athletic events that exclude spectators. Immediate family members of athletic participants may be present. The order does not apply to religious gatherings, weddings or funerals.
Those who are sick should stay home, wash hands often, and cover cough/sneeze. Those who are apart of the vulnerable population (chronic illness and/or 60 years of age and older), should avoid crowds if possible. If COVID-19 symptoms start, please contact your medical provider or call the emergency department before you go. ”
Here’s a list of what we know from local institutions, businesses, and events (this list will continue to be updated, so check back often):
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Heidelberg University: Heidelberg’s spring break has been extended to Tuesday, March 17. Classes at The ‘Berg will resume on Wednesday, March 18, however, all courses will move to remote instruction until further notice. Decisions are still underway with regard to labs and performance-based courses.
All university-related student travel is suspended until further notice. All events on-campus are suspended through Friday, March 27, 2020.
Heidelberg students are permitted to return to campus from spring break, but since classes are being conducted remotely, students aren’t required to return unless their personal situation dictates that they be on-campus.
Heidelberg University’s “Furry Friends” “Willy Wonka,” the symphonic band guest concert and the education summit have been canceled.
Tiffin University: Tiffin University will continue all classes through an online modality effective Wednesday, March 11. The change will remain in effect until Sunday, March 29, unless notified otherwise.
In an effort to prevent any illness whatsoever, individuals outside of the campus community will not be permitted to attend any scheduled events on campus through Sunday, March 29, unless notified otherwise.
Tiffin University has also canceled its women’s leadership conference, a book-signing event, its band and choir concert, arts scholarship day, a poverty simulator, Junior Achievement in a Day, BIT training, a forensic psychology open house, ProMusic showcase concert, Seneca County Youth Leadership, Tiffin arts scholarship open house, Summit to Success, Kids Choir concert and the international dinner.
Terra State Community College: Spring break is extended one week. On Monday, March 23, 2020, on-campus courses will resume online (a.k.a. distance learning) only. Do not report to campus. Faculty members will contact each class via official Terra State email to inform students of the online learning delivery option. Students are directed to monitor their Terra State email accounts for further information. Students enrolled in laboratory courses will be contacted by their faculty members regarding scheduling of and access to laboratory facilities.
Students enrolled in courses meeting at off-campus locations, such as high schools, career centers, Fostoria Learning Center, employers’ facilities, and similar locations, will resume as regularly scheduled the week of March 16. These courses will continue to meet in existing format (including in person) so long as the host site conducts regular business. Should a host site need to change business operations, each situation and group of students will be addressed individually.
Students residing in The Landings at Terra Village have the option of returning to campus the week of Monday, March 23.
Any person who has traveled within the past two weeks oversees or on any cruise ship must be screened and cleared by an approved healthcare provider prior to returning to campus.
Local School Districts
All Ohio school districts have been ordered to close for at least 3 weeks effective Monday, March 16.
Tiffin City Schools: Tiffin City Schools students will attend school all day Friday, March 13, during their regular school hours, to gather needed items for the next three weeks and receive instructions from individual classes and teachers.
Columbian High School’s Academic Letter Breakfast is canceled.
Youth volleyball clinics are canceled. Columbian’s senior citizens brunch and matinee musical performance is canceled.
All extra-curricular activities and spring sports will be suspended until at least Monday, April 6. The suspension includes practices, scrimmages, games, open gyms/fields, workouts, weightlifting, banquets, and picture days.
Calvert Catholic Schools: Calvert Catholic Schools students will not attend school Friday due to a scheduled workday, and Superintendent Jeremy Marinis said Calvert will be closed beginning Monday for three weeks.
Calvert is canceling all extracurricular activities including practices through April 3.
Marinis said Calvert has also canceled the Washington D.C. trip for the 8th grade class that was scheduled to begin on April 2.
Other institutions/events closing or canceling
Carmie’s Dueling Pianos event has been postponed to May 8.
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is temporarily closed beginning Tuesday, March 17. Access to the Junior Home Room polling place for those who need to vote at the library during Tuesday’s primary election will still be maintained.
Attica Raceway Park’s 2020 season opener scheduled for March 20 is canceled.
Hopewell-Loudon’s bakery bingo March 21 has been canceled.
Hayes Presidential Library & Museums are closed through March 31. Mike Gilbert’s talk about legends of giants has been postponed until June 7.
Downtown Tiffin Trivia Night scheduled for March 19 is canceled.
Downtown Tiffin Chocolate Walk has been canceled. Those who pre-registered for the event have been notified via the email addresses that were provided upon sign-up and will be receiving a full refund. For those who purchased tickets in person, refunds may be collected at the TSEP office, 19 W. Market St., Suite C., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The Architectural Board of Review meeting Tuesday is postponed.
Sandusky County Park District programs are canceled.
The Ritz Theatre:
- Friday Night Live – March 13 – This performance will be held as scheduled. The crowd is always fewer than 80 people.
- Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone – March 21 – This program will be rescheduled. Your tickets will be good on the new date. Hold onto those tickets.
- Hollywood’s Greatest Movies – The Godfather – March 18 – This movie will be shown as scheduled at 2:00 pm and the added screening at 7:00 pm. Fewer than 100 people will be in attendance.
- Thomas Pandolfi, piano – March 27 – This performance is cancelled. Refunds will be issued as soon as possible. Mr. Pandolfi will be back with us next season.
- Friends of The Bob and Tom Show Comedy Tour – March 28 – The Ritz is attempting to reschedule this performance.
Seneca County Jail is suspending all inmate visitations and non-essential personnel from entering.
Sandusky County Jail is suspending all inmate visitations and non-essential personnel from entering.
St. Francis Senior Ministries’ fish fry at Seneca County Commission on Aging on Friday has been canceled.
Allen Eiry Center is closed March 16 through March 27.
City of Tiffin government offices are closed from March 16 until at least March 31.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church Irish reverse raffle has been moved to May 15.
Tiffin Firefighters Local 322’s sportsman’s raffle is postponed until May 9.
AA Meetings at Tiffin Developmental Center are suspended until at least March 27.
Village of Bettsville’s utility office is to be closed to visitors starting Monday.
Yoga Chuck Health & Wellness is temporarily closed.
Tiffin Women’s Monday Night AA Meeting held at St. John’s Church, 10 Main St., will be cancelled until April 6th.
Tiffin’s St. Patrick’s Day 5K has been canceled.
More Than Just a Bridal Fair has been postponed.
Sentinel Career & Technology Center’s fish fry March 20 has been canceled. Also canceled are the farmers share breakfast March 24; Seneca County EMA Sky Watch program March 25; SkillsUSA 5K Fun Run March 27; and Sentinel FFA banquet March 31.
Seneca County Board of Commissioners is urging residents to avoid visiting county offices for all non- essential business.
Trinity United Church of Christ has cancelled all services, meetings and meals for the rest of the month of March. The church will have service on Palm Sunday at usual worship times.
Green Springs Volunteer Fire Department’s pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday has been canceled.
Dining in Cherry Blossom Park has been postponed until Oct. 17.
Please note that this may not be a complete list, so check with any institutions or events you plan to attend prior to doing so.
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