Coronavirus fears cause cancellations, restrictions throughout Northern Rhode Island


Concerns about the spread of COVID 19 led to cancellations of events throughout northern Rhode Island this week.

As of Friday, March 13, there were 14 confirmed cases of the virus in the state and Gov. Gina Raimondo announced that all schools in the state will be closed next week. The state General Assembly cancelled all hearings and sessions. 

The below list of local cancellations will be updated as more news comes in.

Animal shelter

The North Smithfield Animal Shelter and Scouter’s Hall on Main Street will be closed until further notice.

Binns building closed

The Binns building, operated by American Legion Post 88, is closed to all public meetings until at least May 1.

BHS Alumni Variety Show

The Burrillville Schools Alumni Education Foundation’s variety show, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 12 was cancelled. Future date to be announced.

Heritage Gala

The North Smithfield Heritage Association has postponed its annual Heritage Gala, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 14 to Saturday, June 20 at the Village Haven. Tickets remain valid and other than a new start time of 5:30 pm, the program remains the same.

The association encourages those who may have a conflict to consider diverting their ticket money towards a donation the the 2020 Annual Appeal.  All proceeds will support the same NSHA preservation activities as the Gala.

Those who want a refund, may receive one on Saturday, March 14 from 6-7 p.m. at the Village Haven.

Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery

Open, with limit of 25 guests at a time.

Zambarano Hospital

The Eleanor Slater Hospital has announced a no visitation policy for all patients at the Regan Building, located in Cranston, and the Zambarano Campus, located in Burrillville. The only exception would be for an end-of-life situation.

As of Thursday, the hospital was still allowing visits at the Adolph Meyer and Benton buildings, but based on concern about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the no-visitation policy now extends to all facilities.

Eleanor Slater Hospital’s nursing and social work staffs are contacting families to notify them of the restrictions and answer any questions.

Wide World of Indoor Sports

  • ALL YOUTH PROGRAMMING FOR THE DURATION OF THE SEASON HAS BEEN SUSPENDED. The season has been concluded at this point in time.
  • For all Adult Programming, including Adult Leagues and Adult rentals where participants are 18 years of age are older, there will be NO spectators permitted in the building. Only the Adult Participant is permitted in the facility.
  • We recommend that participants and players do not enter the building until 10-minutes before their scheduled event and leave the facility immediately to help reduce / limit the number of individuals in the facility.
  • The bar will be closed until further notice
  • We will continue with daily cleaning/disinfecting throughout the facility by our management and staff
  • Hand sanitizer machines are available in facility for staff and customer use

Levy Ice Rink

Burrillville’s Levy Ice Rink has suspended skate night and will be closed through “at least” Sunday, March 22.

Slatersville pre-screenings

Director Christian de Rezendes has cancelled both the March 22 and April 19 pre-screenings of his docu-series Slatersville, America’s First Mill Village. New dates will be announced later this year. 

NSAA volleyball

Adult league suspended until further notice.

High school sporting events

The Rhode Island Interscholastic League has cancelled all remaining winter tournaments. In addition, the start of spring sports, originally slated for Monday, March 16, will be delayed for one week.

The Indoor Track & Field New Balance National Championships has been cancelled.

Power of Place Summit

Grow Smart RI has postponed its biennial Power of Place Summit featuring keynote speakers Scot Spencer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Washington Post syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne, Jr.  It will be postponed to a date still to be determined in June.

Unity Ball

The annual Unity Ball, a prom for special needs students across Rhode Island, has been postponed from Friday, March 20 to Thursday, June 11. North Smithfield High School seniors Josh Carufel and Hope Trowbridge have been raising money for the event as part of their senior project. 

Rhode Island Historical Society 

Beginning Saturday, March 14, the Museum of Work & Culture, the John Brown House Museum, and the Mary E. Robinson Research Center will be closed to visitors until further notice.  All March programs and events have been canceled or postponed.

Brown, PC, RISD, CCRI, Johnson & Wales and Stonehill Colleges

Classes to be moved online. Find details here.

If you have a cancellation to announce, or have rescheduled an event, email to have it added to this list.

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