You need a stopwatch to keep track of all the cancellations taking place across Middle Tennessee as the state is gripped with fear about coronavirus.
Friday marked the first day the virus was confirmed in Hamilton County and the biggest attraction in the area responded accordingly.
The Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX 3D Theater announced it will close Saturday, March 14 and remain closed through at least March 27. All programming and events will be cancelled as a preventative measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19 through the area, aquarium officials said.
“We will use the time during the closure to fully disinfect all aquarium buildings,” Tennessee Aquarium said in a statement. “Anyone who has previously purchased tickets to visit the aquarium will be provided the option to get refunds or use the tickets to visit at a later date.”
The cancellations don’t stop there. The widely popular Southern Women’s Show in Nashville scheduled for March 26-29 has been cancelled. The decision comes after Gov. Bill Lee declared a state of emergency and requested that all non-essential events be rescheduled.
All ticket holders will receive an email in the coming days with more information.
“We’re extremely disappointed to cancel this incredible event that brings the community together. However, the safety, health and well-being of attendees, exhibitors and other participants is our top priority,” said Stacy Abernethy, executive show manager of the Southern Women’s Show.
The cancellations continue further. They are extending into Easter celebrations.
CoolSprings Galleria announced Friday it will not have its traditional Easter Bunny photo-ops and accompanying events.
Coronavirus is impacting showtimes too. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center announced Friday it will close Andrew Jackson Hall, James K. Polk Theater, Andrew Johnson Theater, and the historic War Memorial Auditorium from March 14 through April 12.
Warren County events are being impacted as well. Organizers with the Patriot Half Marathon and 5K Race scheduled for March 21 have decided to reschedule the race for November.
This is not a complete list of all cancellations as other events may be impacted too.