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All UW Health behavioral health, substance abuse and psychiatry care services will be relocated to Wisconsin Psychiatry Institute and Clinics (WisPIC) at 6001 Research Park Boulevard in Madison. READ MORE

The popular annual Madison Bratt Fest has been postponed until late August, organizers told WKOW in an email. The new dates are Aug. 28 - 30. Organizers said they made the decision to ensure the safety of guests and staff.

All seven Dane County St. Vincent DePaul stores will close as of 5 p.m. Saturday, the local Society of St. Vincent de Paul announced in a press release. About 240 workers will reduced receive pay while they are furloughed. The initial plan seemed to be to return normal operation April 11, but left open the possibility of resuming sooner.

Platteville City Hall will be temporarily closed to the public effective Wednesday, March 18 at 5 p.m., with the exception of voting activities. Residents will still be able to register to vote and vote absentee at the City Clerk’s office during this time.

UW-Platteville announced Thursday it would suspend face-to-face classes for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester. Education will continue in an "alternate delivery" after an extended spring break from March 13 - 29. The change in plans and schedule affects all three of the school's campuses.

All DMV Customer Service Centers will be closed to the public on Friday, March 20. DMVs will use this time to deep clean each location and modify office space to allow additional social distancing practices when the service centers reopen on Monday, March 23.

Social distancing remains a best practice to combat the spread of the virus and efforts. When Wisconsin DMVs reopen Monday, March 23, in-person customer service will be restricted, by appointment only, to:

  • New driver licenses
  • Issuing identification cards

To make an appointment, customers can use the Driver License Guide ( They can also use this guide to begin the paperwork and submit it electronically. Customers with questions may call Driver Services at (608) 264-7447. 

Customers who do not book an appointment will be assisted in order of their arrival when appointments are not otherwise booked, and there is space within the lobby to wait. DMV will follow guidelines for public spacing requirements.

Madison (WKOW) - In an effort to respond to COVID-19 and shorten the duration of the outbreak, SSM Health at Home Medical Equipment is closing our retail store locations effective at end of day today, March 18, 2020. This includes our locations in Madison, Baraboo, Janesville, Reedsburg and Prairie du Sac.

Free or Reduce Internet Services

Multiple internet providers are offering free or low-cost internet options in response to the COVID-19 health emergency. These services are offered in the areas each Internet Service Provider (ISP) serves, or as otherwise described.

For a full list of services and discounts during these challenging times, Wisconsin's Public Service Commission has a list on their website.

Madison Ice Arena and Hartmeyer Ice Arena
The facilities will remain closed to the general public until April 5, 2020 at which time we will make any further decisions based on the information available. We intend to follow the guidance of the CDC, state and local authorities, on when re-opening the facilities will not pose a risk to our community.

East Towne and West Towne Mall closed effective March 17 at 5:00 p.m. until further notice. Mall officials say they will provide additional information as it becomes available. Certain restaurants may remain open for curbside pick-up or delivery services only.

Monona Terrace will be closed to the general public beginning Wednesday, March 18. All community events programming will be put on pause until further notice -- including facility tours, yoga, meditation and the Wright lecture series. The rooftop will remain open normal hours, Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 8 a.m. to midnight (closed during inclement weather).

Marcus Theaters, a cinema chain with several Wisconsin locations, announced its last showtime would be at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The company did not say when it would reopen.

Macy's, the popular department store, announced that it would temporarily close all of its stores by the end of the business Tuesday, March 17. The company said it intended to reopen at the beginning of April. Macy's said it would provide "benefits and compensation" to its workers during the closure.

MADISON (WKOW) – In an effort to respond to COVID-19 and shorten the duration of the outbreak, SSM Health, UW Health and UnityPoint Health – Meriter are beginning to postpone non-life threatening, non-urgent surgeries and procedures. READ MORE

MADISON (WKOW) -- All Madison libraries will close until April 5, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

Information on food pickup, picking up medications and distance learning can be found HERE.

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District has certain times families can come to pick things up from schools. More information HERE.

The East Madison Community Center will be closed starting Wednesday, March 18th through April 5th (tentative). The Center will reopen when Madison schools reopen. The food pantry will be open on Tuesday, March 17th from 12 pm to 2 pm for pickup of pre-packed food boxes. Future food pantry distributions to be determined. See updates on website or call 608-249-0861.

All Madison Public Library locations will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17. Programs, meetings, private events and mobile services are also canceled.

Library book drops will be closed, and customers are urged to keep library materials until libraries reopen. Due dates of checked out materials will be extended, and holds will be retained at libraries until libraries reopen.

Door Creek Dental is closed effective immediately

Ho-Chunk Madison will close beginning Tuesday, March 17 at 7 a.m. Currently their plan is to reopen to the public on Wednesday, April 1st at 7 a.m., however, this date may change as this is a fluid situation, according to a Facebook post.

MADISON, WIS. – Effective at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020, Olbrich Botanical Gardens is closed to the public at the recommendation of Public Health Madison & Dane County in order to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID‐19). They will provide updates on their website at and social media sites as they are available.

MILWAUKEE (WKOW — Elton John announced Monday that he will postpone his April 28 performance at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. A new date will be announced soon, according to a news release. All May 22 through July 8 performances remain as scheduled. MORE

WISCONSIN DELLS (WKOW) -- Kalahari Resorts announced they will close their Wisconsin Dells location at 4:00PM on Wednesday March 18. According to their release, they plan to re-open on April 2. Company officials say "with the recent guidance from the Wisconsin officials restricting large gatherings, we have made the decision to temporarily close." For more information about this closure, visit Kalahari's website.

MADISON (WKOW) -- Schools are closed but the Madison Metropolitan School District is providing free, nutritious meals for kids daily at sites around Madison. A take-home breakfast and lunch will be provided in pre-packaged paper bags at each drop-off site, once per day. A list of sites is HERE.

MADISON (WKOW) -- All Princeton Club and Princeton Club Xpress locations in Madison are closed as of 11 p.m. on March 15. According to the company's website, the gym is closed in accordance with the Dane County ban on gathering groups over 50 people.

FITCHBURG (WKOW) -- Fitchburg's library will close beginning March 16 at 9 p.m. and will remain closed at least through April 5.

During the closure, the library asks people to not return items, as the book drop will be locked.

JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- All YWCA Rock County child care services have been suspended following the closure of schools in Wisconsin.

“The safety of the children in our programs and our staff is our highest priority,”  said Angela Moore, YWCA Rock County Executive Director.

(WKOW) -- Great Wolf Lodge will temporarily close all of their resorts starting March 16. They plan to re-open on April 2.

In a statement, Great Wolf Lodge said, "The health and safety of our guests and pack members is always our primary focus and it guides all decisions made at Great Wolf Lodge."

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Overture Center in Madison canceled two performances in an effort to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The performances are the Forward Theater Company's presentation of The Amateurs and The Madhatters' Spring 2020 Concert.

(WKOW) -- Epic Systems in Verona announced Friday it decided to cancel its spring XGM conference.

An internal communication to employees described the situation as "difficult." The company acknowledged the impact the conference has on the local economy.

(WKOW) -- Special Olympics Wisconsin canceled all sports practices, games and tournaments until early April.

"We regret to inform the Special Olympics Wisconsin community that all Special Olympics Wisconsin-affiliated sports training and competition activities through April 5 have been canceled as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus. While this was a very difficult decision to make, the health and safety of our athletes, volunteers, staff and partners is our top priority," said a post on Facebook.

(WKOW) -- The National Weather Service has canceled all spring storm spotter classes due to fears of the coronavirus.

They still plan on hosting online webinars and will announce those dates later.

(WKOW) -- The city of Madison has canceled a Census event that was scheduled for Friday.

The event was meant to bring community members together to eat and take the U.S. Census on talblets.

" To minimize large gatherings as a preventative measure related to COVID-19, Census and Pho events, scheduled for today, are being postponed.  We appreciate your continued partnership in encouraging all residents to participate in the Census."

More information on the City of Madison’s Census outreach efforts can be found at

(WKOW) -- Cher has postponed her Here We Go Again Tour amidst coronavirus concerns. She was scheduled to play a show at the Kohl Center in Madison on April 9, now it will be held on September 24.

(WKOW) -- Organizers for the Canoecopia canceled the paddlesports expo Thursday.

"It is with a very heavy heart that we announce that we have canceled Canoecopia 2020," organizers wrote on their website for the event.

The event had been scheduled to run March 13 to March 15 at the Alliant Energy Center.

The next Canoecopia is scheduled for March 12 to March 14, 2021.

(WKOW) -- The Dane County Farmers' Market Board of Directors canceled Saturday’s Late Winter Market at Garver Feed Mill.

The event was originally scheduled to take place on March 14 from 8 a.m. to noon.

The announcement, made via a press release Thursday, came in response to Gov. Tony Evers declaring a state of emergency over the coronavirus' potential spread.

So far, only this coming Saturday's market is canceled.

(WKOW) -- Unity Point HealthMeriter announced restrictions on hospital visitations.

The limitations include only two parents will be allowed in the NICU. In all other areas of the hospital, one visitor will be permitted in each patient room.

The announcement came in a press release sent Thursday.

A full list of the restrictions is available here.

(WKOW) -- The River Food Pantry announced multiple changes to its service Thursday that will remain in effect "until further notice."

The announcement came via a press release.

Included in the changes are a cessation to hot meal and clothing distribution. All volunteer groups will also be canceled.

"If you are a client or volunteer of The River, we urge you to stay home if you are feeling sick," the food pantry said.

A full list of the changes is available here.

(WKOW) -- The United States Hockey Leauge, which includes the Madison Capitols, suspended its remaining season "until further notice."

The decision came via a press release Thursday.

"For the present time, we ask that our fans hold tight as more information becomes available over the coming days and weeks," the press release said.

Fans with questions may contact the Capitols at (608) 257-CAPS or by email at

(WKOW) -- Sauk County announced it had established a hotline dedicated to the coronavirus Thursday.

Sauk County Public Health and Emergency Management created the line for coronavirus-related questions, according to a press release from the county.

"This hotline is a general hotline and is not intended to answer any medical related (sic) questions," the press release said. "If you feel you are suffering from Coronavirus symptoms please contact your medical provider."

The number for the hotline is (608) 355-3200.

(WKOW) -- The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin canceled all of its programs through April 30.

"Out of an abundance of caution and consideration of CDC guidelines related to [the coronavirus] and the population we serve, the ADAW has made the decision to cancel all groups and educational programming for the remainder of March and all of April," Executive Director Jennifer Bauer said.

The organization said it would continue to monitor the virus response over the next several weeks before making a decision on May programing.

(WKOW) -- Women in Apprenticeship postponed its Women in the Trades Fair Thursday.

"Our highest priority is to ensure the health and safety for all attendees, participants and presenters," Stephanie Moreno, a coordinator for the group, said in an email.

The decision was made to keep with recommendations made by Public Health Madison and Dane County.

A new date for the event has not been announced. It was originally scheduled to take place at the IBEW Local 159 Training Center in McFarland.

(WKOW) -- Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) postponed three town halls scheduled for Tuesday, March 17.

Grothman said in a press release sent Thursday he plans to hold more town hall meetings in April but did not say exactly where or when.

The congressman had planned to hold the events in Poynette, Wyocena and Friesland.

(WKOW) -- The Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) said Thursday it would move its Toto’s Gala fundraiser online.

“We were looking forward to a glamorous night of puppy greeters, cocktails, dinner and dancing, having a good time making a big impact for the animals in our community, but the health and safety of our community must come first,” says Pam McCloud Smith, executive director of DCHS.

Donations can be made online at

The gala is the largest fundraising event of the year for DCHS. It had been scheduled for Friday, March 13 at the Monona Terrace.

(WKOW) -- YWCA Rock County announced Thursday it would postpone its Family Fun Night scheduled for Friday, March 13.

The reason for the delay was "growing concerns over the coronavirus," the group announced in a press release.

“Because the situation with the coronavirus is rapidly evolving, we are making this decision out of an abundance of caution,” said Angela Moore, YWCA Rock County Executive Director. “We take the health of the families and communities we serve seriously.”

The event does not yet have a new date.

(WKOW) -- The Alliant Energy Center announced that the Jason Aldean concert scheduled for Thursday would be postponed.

"We have been informed by Live Nation that they are postponing tonight’s Jason Aldean concert," organizers announced from the center's Twitter account. "Your ticket will be good for the rescheduled date."

The venue did not say when the concert would take place.

The Alliant Evergy Center said it would release more information as it is provided to them.

(WKOW) -- Madison College is extending its spring break to March 29 in response to "escalating concerns" surrounding the spread of the coronavirus.

The college's spring break will now run from March 14 to March 29, according to an email from the school's president, Dr. Jack Daniels III.

Additional details regarding online and alternative course plans beginning March 30 "will be forthcoming."

College events involving 50 or more attendees through April 5 are canceled.

The school also canceled all current sports seasons.

(WKOW) -- The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art canceled Thursday an opening reception and artist talk originally set for Friday.

MMoCA’s education programs scheduled for the upcoming weekend, including Friday’s ArtZone, Saturday’s drop-in tour of the Uncommon Accumulation exhibition, and Sunday’s Kids’ Art Adventure, were also canceled, according to a press release from the Museum.

MMoCA made the decision to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

"At this time, MMoCA galleries and the Museum Store remain open, and the museum has taken additional steps to minimize the spread of the virus, including posting hygiene-related recommendations, providing hand sanitizer at key locations in the museum and increasing the cleaning and sanitizing of museum spaces," Museum staff wrote.

(WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Tourism announced Thursday the postponement of the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism (WIGCOT).

The event is now scheduled for May 26 to May 28 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison.

“Postponing the conference was not a decision our team took lightly; our industry leaders want to be in their communities working to lead during this uncertain time and that is exactly where they should be,” said Sara Meaney, Tourism Secretary-designee. “We look forward to sharing results from our tourism efforts in 2019 as well as some exciting updates about our long-term planning over the next few weeks. Of course, I also look forward to our industry gathering to celebrate our shared successes at WIGCOT 2020 in May.”

The convention brings approximately 900 representatives of Wisconsin's tourism industry together.

(WKOW) -- The Badger Prairie Needs Network (BPNN) suspended its free community meal through at least April.

The announcement came in a press release Thursday.

"Badger Prairie Needs Network officials decided Wednesday that caution should hold sway against the COVID-19 virus," BPNN wrote. "The organization has decided to discontinue its free community meal on Saturdays through April and will reevaluate conditions at that time."

Between 130 and 150 people attend the Verona-based Saturday meal.

(WKOW) -- University Theatre announced it canceled UW-Madison's performances of The Wolves Thursday.

The decision, announced in a press release, is in keeping with the school's decision to cancel all campus events.

The play was slated to run from April 9 to April 15.

"Ticket buyers will be contacted soon with instructions on disposition of their tickets to cancelled performances," University Theatre wrote.

(WKOW) -- The Madison St. Patrick's Day Parade is canceled.

"The 23rd annual Madison St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been canceled due to concerns raised about the health and safety of our community," organizers wrote on their website.

The post-parade party at LJ's was also canceled.

The event was originally scheduled for Sunday, March 15.

Donations to the UW Carbone Cancer Center, Gigi’s Playhouse or Logan’s Heart & Smiles will still go to the causes, according to the organizers.

(WKOW) -- The Shamrock Shuffle will not be held Saturday.

The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County announced the cancellation on their website Thursday.

"This is a $100k fundraiser for the Club and there will be financial ramifications due to the cancellation of the event," the club said.

Three-thousand runners and walkers were scheduled to participate.

(WKOW) -- Ho-Chunk tribal leaders postponed their 21st annual Ho-Chunk Nation March Madness Basketball Tournament indefinitely.

Nation President Marlon WhiteEagle signed the order Wednesday because of the Coronavirus's pandemic designation by the World Health Organization.

WhiteEagle said it was "due to concerns for Ho-Chunk Tribal members, as well as other tribal communities and non-tribal communities."

A spokesperson with the Ho-Chunk Nation says the yearly tournament draws Native American Athletes from all over the country as well as Canada.

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