LIST: Closures, cancellations due to coronavirus in Mississippi

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Updated: Mar. 18, 2020 at 8:14 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Due to growing concerns of the coronavirus, there have been a number of public closures and event cancellations around Mississippi:

Public Universities:

  • Alcorn State University
  • Delta State University
  • Jackson State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Mississippi University for Women
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Southern Mississippi

These universities have extended spring break until March 22. Classes will resume the following week on Monday, March 23 and will be taught online and via other alternative instructional methods.

Southern Miss’ spring break is extended through March 30.

Mississippi State also postponed their commencement but plan to have a ceremony at a later time.

Private Institutions:

  • Belhaven University
  • Mississippi College
  • Millsaps College
  • Tougaloo College

Classes will resume on Monday, March 23, and will transition to online instruction through at least April 3.

Community Colleges:

The following community colleges will resume classes as normal on Monday, March 23:

  • Hinds Community College
  • Pearl River Community College
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  • Holmes Community College (Closing through Mar. 18)

The following community colleges will resume classes online on Monday, March 23:

  • Meridian Community College
  • Northeast Mississippi Community
  • Northwest Mississippi Community College is extending spring break until Monday, March 23. It has not been determined if classes will resume on campus or online.
  • The Mississippi Association of Community Colleges has suspended all college athletics until Monday, March 30.

Technical Colleges:

  • Delta Technical College (through March 30)

Public/ Private Schools:

  • Jackson Public Schools (closed until March 27th)
  • Clinton Public School District (closing through Mar. 20th.)
  • Vicksburg Warren School District (closed on Monday, March 16th.)
  • Copiah Academy (closed on through March 20)
  • Canton Public School District (closed for two weeks, to reopen March 30)
  • Jackson Prep (campus closed until further notice; remote learning to begin Wednesday, March 18th.)
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (through Mar. 22)
  • Claiborne County (closing through Mar. 20)
  • Simpson County School District (closed for one week)
  • Leake County School District (closed for one week)
  • Madison County Schools (closed for the next two weeks)
  • Hinds County School District (extending spring break one week, will resume classes Monday, March 23rd.)
  • Rankin County School District (extending spring break until March 27th)
  • Pearl Public School District (extending spring break by two weeks.)
  • Willowood Developmental Center Pre-School (March 16th and 17th)
  • Northtown Child Development Center will be closed (March 16 and 17th)
  • Beth Israel Early Learning center closure for March 16 and 17th
  • McComb School District closed until
  • Hillcrest Christian School (through Mar. 20)
  • Walthall County School District (through Mar. 20)
  • Education Center School (through Mar. 20)
  • St. Joseph Catholic Schools to return to class online
  • Kidz Express
  • Click here for Mississippi Department of Education school district closure tracker.

Church Services:

(Several churches have announced that they are going stream-only or TV-only this Sunday)

  • Pinelake Church
  • First Baptist Church Jackson
  • Broadmoor Baptist Church
  • Northminster Baptist Church
  • Galloway United Methodist Church
  • New Hope Baptist Church, Beasley Road, Jackson
  • Park Place Baptist Church
  • Parkway Baptist Church (all activities cancelled for next 2 weeks)
  • First Presbyterian Church of Jackson
  • Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Carthage, MS
  • First Presbyterian Church of Vicksburg
  • Christ United Methodist Church (all activities cancelled until March 31st.)
  • Brandon First United Methodist Church (All activities cancelled until March 22nd.)
  • The Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi has suspended in person services of worship in all Episcopal churches in the state of Mississippi.
  • New Horizon Church International
  • Wells United Methodist Church
  • Greater Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
  • Cade Chapel
  • Lakeshore Congregational Methodist church in Byram
  • Southside Baptist Church
  • The Amazing Institutional COGIC
  • Anderson United Methodist Church
  • Redeemer Lutheran Church in Clinton Mississippi
  • Word of Life Church on Lakeland Dr.
  • Antioch Missionary Baptist Church - Hazlehurst


  • Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • Museum of Mississippi History
  • Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
  • Eudora Welty House and Garden
  • Mississippi Governor’s Mansion
  • Old Capitol Museum
  • William F. Winter Archives and History Building
  • Wyatt Waters Gallery
  • Grand Village of the Natchez Indians
  • Winterville Mounds
  • Mississippi Children’s Museum
  • McComb Railroad Depot Museum

These museums and attractions will all be closed until further notice.

Event cancellations:

  • St. Paddy’s Day Parade, Friday, March 28
  • Televangelist Joel Osteen’s Night of Hope, Friday, March 13.
  • Bettye Jolly Lecture at Eudora Welty House and Garden, Thursday, March 19
  • New Stage Theater event at Old Capitol Museum, Tuesday, March 31
  • Pow Wow at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Saturday, March 28
  • 28th annual CelticFest, March 20-21
  • The Oxford Film Festival, March 18-22 (postponed)
  • 2020 Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, April 3-5
  • The Jackson Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Friday, March 20, at 7:30 PM.

Sporting events cancellations:

  • NCAA
  • Southwestern Athletic Conference
  • Southeastern Conference
  • Conference USA
  • The South, North, and State Championship Archery In Mississippi Schools (AIMS)
  • MAC All Star basketball games are postponed
  • Mississippi High School Activities Association suspended all athletic events through March 29

Jackson City Services:

  • City of Jackson Senior Community Centers (closed until Mar. 20)
  • Early Childhood Development Centers (closed until Mar. 20)
  • Jackson Hinds Library System (closed through Mar. 18)

City of Clinton:

These closures are in affect until April 1

  • All Parks
  • Wood Activity Center
  • Olde Towne Depot
  • Visitor Center


  • Winners Circle Park is closed until further notice


  • Liberty Park and Strawberry Patch Park closed through March 31

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