CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

Here’s a list of all of the closings and other things that you may need to know for Savannah, The Coastal Empire and the Low Country during this time; 

Georgia schools and universities

  • Appling County Schools closed for all students and staff beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, for a two week period.
  • Bacon County Schools will be closed Monday, March 16 and plan to resume normal schedules on March 30. Monday is a planned teacher’s workday.
  • Bulloch Academy will close beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. School administration will inform parents and students of any more changes or further action.
  • Bulloch County Schools closed March 16 – March 27 for all students and employees. Employee in-service day scheduled for Monday, March 16 is also canceled.
  • Effingham County Schools, starting on Wednesday March 18 will be closed until further notice, and all after-school activities will be discontinued starting today, March 16. 
  • Evans County Schools will close beginning Monday, March 16 through March 29 or until further guidance recommends otherwise. All school and extra-curricular activities will be suspended during this time.
  • Glynn County Schools will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17 and will remain closed until after spring break. Distance and online learning will begin for students on Wednesday, March 18 and continue through Friday, April 3. Classes will tentatively resume Monday, April 13.
  • Long County Schools will be closed March 16 through March 27 for all students and employees. Monday is a previously scheduled spring holiday.
    • Athletes still allowed to attend optional practices but school officials said this is subject to change
  • McIntosh County Schools will be closed starting Tuesday, March 17th until April 13th.
  • Savannah Chatham County Public School Systems(SCCPSS) will close March 23 through April 1 for students. Students will return on April 2, 2020. Staff will return on April 1, 2020.   
  • Screven County Schools will close for students beginning Tuesday, March 17 until March 27
    • Called board meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16 at noon has been canceled
  • Tattnall County Schools to close Monday March 16 for at least a two week period. School officials will reevaluate that window prior to Monday, March 30.
    • School and district activities also canceled or postponed after Friday, March 13, including outside groups who may have been scheduled to meet at Tattnall County’s schools
  • Toombs County Schools will be closing operations beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. Effective Monday, March 16, all other school activities are suspended for one week.
  • Trinity Christian School in Statesboro has canceled classes for two weeks. Headmaster David Lattner sent a lengthy message out explaining possible coronavirus exposure to students. Read more here.
  • The University System of Georgia has suspended classes for two weeks. This includes:
    • Savannah State University
    • Georgia Southern University
    • East Georgia State College
  • SCAD announced all spring quarter classes will be offered online only at their Savannah, Atlanta and Lacoste campuses. This includes spring commencement ceremonies.
  • Saint Leo University’s Savannah Education Center classes will move online beginning Monday, March 16
  • Savannah Technical College extends spring break until March 28; closes all campuses and suspends activities for the next two weeks. Beginning March 30, the college anticipates moving all classes online.
  • GMAS test and all State testing testing has been suspended 

South Carolina schools and universities

Governor Henry McMaster ordered the closure of all public education, K-12 and higher education, effective Monday March 16 through the end of the month. In the Lowcountry, this includes but is not limited to:

  • Beaufort County Schools
  • Hampton County School District One and Two
  • Jasper County School District
  • University of South Carolina Beaufort

Sporting events

  • Augusta National postponed the Masters
  • The Sun Belt men’s and women’s basketball championships have been cancelled 
  • SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament canceled in Nashville.
  • NCAA cancelled its Men’s and Women’s March Madness basketball tournaments
  • Korn Ferry Tour’s Savannah Golf Championship has been cancelled
  • Chatham County Little League will implement a temporary suspension of all league activities until April 6 at the recommendation of Little League International
  • South Carolina Independent School Association has suspended all interscholastic athletics from Sunday, March 15 through Friday, April 3

Groups, organizations and events

  • Savannah Music Festival, which was set to start on March 26, has been cancelled
  • Telfair Museums’ Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, Telfair Academy and the Jepson Center will close through March 31
  • The Deep Center has paused its in-person programming. Where possible, they’ll continue programs using remote technology
  • The Savannah Philharmonic postponed the Germanic Passion and rescheduled it for Saturday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts
  • The Children of the Holocaust art exhibit has been canceled on both Saturday (AME Bluffton) and Sunday (Beth Yam Temple)
  • 26th Annual Parade of Homes Tour in conjunction with the 35th Annual Lowcountry Home & Garden Show postponed until at least May 15
  • Hilton Head Wingfest 25 benefiting The Carmines Family Recreation Scholarship Fund, postponed until May 2
  • Savannah Civic Center has cancelled all events for the rest of the month into April
  • Men of Liberty City, Inc. has canceled its fish fry scheduled March 21; refunds will be made. Organizers are considering possible dates to reschedule.
  • Gullah Museum of Hilton Head’s All You Can Eat Oyster Roast postponed
  • American Cruise Lines, which stops in Beaufort, has canceled cruises through March 22.
    • One of their ships will dock at Waterfront Park in Beaufort beginning March 14 with a minimal crew. The ship will have no passengers.
    • Safe Harbor Marinas, which manages the Beaufort Marina, gave permission for the ship to dock, in coordination with City Manager Bill Prokop.
  • City of Savannah’s Golden Age, Therapeutic and Adult Day Care Programs will suspend normal operations beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice
  • Savannah African Art Museum will close immediately through March 21. All museum exhibits, galleries, and tours are closed and all public programs and outreach efforts are on hold.
  • Asbury Memorial Church has suspended all activities and services until further notice. This includes the Asbury Theatre Company’s production of Man of La Mancha, which was set for March 13, 14 and 15.
  • USO suspended all operations Friday, March 13, until further notice. This includes the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport location.
  • The Revenue Office is still open for people who need to pay bills in person, and they will NOT disconnect water or sewer service for non-payment through the end of the month.
  • The Small Business Assistance Corporation has federal funds available to assist small businesses in our area. the SBAC Recovery Loan Program will provide immediate financial assistance up to $50,000 for qualified borrowers to replace lost or manage excess inventory, provide cash for payroll or resume normal commercial operations disrupted by closing.  

Other

  • Chatham County suspending all jury trials for at least the next three weeks. No one who has summons for jury duty for the weeks of March 16, 23 and 30 should appear.
  • Visitation at all Georgia Department of Corrections facilities has been suspended through April 10. Offenders will continue to have access to their loved ones via mail, phone calls, and GOAL devices.
  • South Carolina Department of Corrections has suspended visitation statewide for 30 days
  • The Effingham Senior Center will be closing its doors starting March 19th and continuing until April 20th. ALL home delivery meals will continue as scheduled.
  • AMC Theaters are limiting attendance to movie theaters to only 50 people per showing 
  • Regal Cinemas are closing its theaters starting today(March 17) until further notice
  • Oglethorpe Mall will remain open but ONLY during the times of 12 noon to 7pm Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to 6pm on Sundays.
  • Tanger Outlets will remain open but ONLY during the times of 11am to 7pm Monday through Sunday until further notice. 
  • Walmart stores and Walmart Neighborhood Stores will remain open but ONLY from the hours of 7am to 8:30pm until further notice. Also you are limited to 1(one) high-essential item per customer(toilet tissue, water, milk, hand sanitizer, bleach, etc.)  
  • Kroger stores will remain open but ONLY from the hours of 8am to 9pm and also limits have been placed on high-essential items. 
  • Georgia Elections Officials have postponed the presidential primary scheduled for March 24 until May 19, the same date as the regular primary for a U.S Senate seat and many others. 
  • The Governor’s Office has a new COVID-19 hotline: 1-844-442-2681. Anyone with questions or concerns about COVID-19 may call this hotline.

Stores and their Hours of Operation 

  • Kroger – 8am to 9pm  *Seniors shopping hour Monday thru Thursday from 7am to 8am 
  • Food Lion – 7am to 10pm 
  • Walmart Stores and Walmart Neighborhood Stores – 7am to 8pm  *Seniors shopping every Tuesday from 6am to 7am 
  • Whole Foods – 8am to 8pm  *Seniors shopping everyday from 7am to 8am 
  • Fresh Market – 8am to 9pm 
  • Aldi Supermarket – 9am to 9pm 
  • Publix – 8am to 9pm   *Seniors shopping every Tuesday and Wednesday from 7am to 8am 
  • Target – 8am to 9pm   *Seniors, Pregnant customers and customers with pre-existing conditions shop on Wednesdays from 8am to 9am 
  • Walgreens – 9am to 9pm 
  • Red and White 9am to 9pm 
  • Sam’s Club Monday through Saturday from 9am to 8pm Sundays from 10am to 6pm

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