ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Since the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus across New York State, multiple businesses, schools and events have been cancelled or postpone.

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Earlier this week, area colleges were already announcing closures and restrictions following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to move all SUNY and CUNY colleges to “distance learning” beginning March 19. Responses to the virus outbreak were not limited to SUNY and CUNY schools; the University of Rochester also announced Wednesday that it would be moving to online classes.

On Thursday, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza announced the cancellation of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which was scheduled for Saturday, March 14.

Below is a list of several other community events that will be cancelled, postponed or closed to the public following the virus outbreak.

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  • Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinal games at the Gene Polisseni Center versus Air Force — cancelled
  • Bishop Kearney Alumni Happy Hour (3/13) — cancelled
  • Bridal Show at RIT Inn and Conference Center (3/22) — cancelled
  • Buffalo Sabres Alumni Wine Festival — postponed
  • Catholic Charities Community Services’ An Evening of Irish Song & Dance Featuring Ronan Tynan — cancelled
  • Catholic Charities Community Services’ Breakfast with Friends — cancelled
  • Dirt Cheap Race 1 (4/8) — postponed
  • The 21st annual charity dinner of the Friendly Sons & Daughters of St Patrick — cancelled
  • The Genesee Country Antique Dealers Association Show at Nazareth College (3/14-3/15) — canceled
  • Geva, remaining performances of Once and Cry It Out — cancelled
  • GiGi’s Playhouse Red Carpet Affair Gala — postponed
  • Hippity Hop Fun Run and Kids Egg Hunt (4/11) — cancelled
  • IACI April movie at St. John’s Meadows — cancelled
  • Irondequoit Art Club business meeting at Chapel Oaks (3/17) — cancelled
  • Kiwanis Chef’s Challenge — postponed
  • Kiwanis Officer of the Month Aware Ceremony — cancelled
  • The Mayor’s Ball — postponed
  • Rochester Golf Expo — postponed
  • Rochester Wine and Chocolate Festival — postponed
  • The Scouts annual Scouting for Food Drive (March 14 – 21) — cancelled
  • Shamrock Jack’s St. Patrick’s Day Tented events — cancelled
  • Spring Fling Rochester — cancelled
  • Stand Up For Recovery Event — cancelled
  • The St. Patrick’s Day Parade — suspended, not confirmed if it will be postponed to a later date or not.
  • Rochester City Council — suspending public attendance, meetings will be streamed online
  • Rochester Regional Health Flower City Challenge (4/19) — postponed
  • Rochester Street Films Event (3/18) — cancelled
  • Roots n Road (3/21) — postponed
  • Youth Symposium (3/14) — postponed

The Town of Henrietta Senior Center will be closed Monday, March 16th through May 8th with the exception of AARP Tax Appointments for Seniors which will continue as scheduled. Henrietta Recreation Center cancelling or postponing all events with over 50 people until 5/8. Notable events are:

  • Youth Hall of Fame Ceremony (3/29) — postponed
  • Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt for Teens (4/3) — cancelled
  • Easter Egg Hunt (4/4) — cancelled
  • Tinker Earth Day (4/18) — cancelled

The Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) will remain open but has listed the following cancellations and postponed programs:


  • Badass Babes: Women of MAG DeTour (3/19)
  • Bunny Brunch (4/5)
  • Medieval Mysteries and Mayhem DeTour (4/23)
  • $5 Friday with Fred Astaire Dance (4/25)
  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration (5/3)
  • The Gallery Council’s trip to Ithaca (5/7)


  • Passion Projects (3/12) — New date TBD
  • Ja’Tovia Gary & Dessane Lopez Cassell in Conversation (3/15) — New date TBD
  • Third Thursdays: Johann Sebastian Bach & Georg Bohm (3/19) — Returning fall 2020
  • $5 Friday a Night to Remembrall (3/20) — Rescheduled to (5/15)
  • What Constitutes Art: A Talk with the Rochester Tattoo Community (4/9) — New date TBD
  • Third Thursdays: A Musical Tour of 18-Century Europe (4/16) — returning fall 2020

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