Coronavirus

NASCAR to Postpone Racing Until May 3

Update: NASCAR has decided to postpone all racing events until May 3. NASCAR has responded to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus by restricting access to upcoming race events. NASCAR has issued this statement: “At this time, NASCAR will hold its race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway without fans in attendance. These events will be restricted…

Auburn to Shift to Online Classes Starting Monday Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Auburn University has announced that it will transition from on-campus to remote instruction beginning Monday, March 16 and continuing through April 10 in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. In a statement, university officials have asked that students not return to campus after spring break. University officials will decide later if students will return to campus for…

NHL Follows in NBA Footsteps, Suspends Season Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season amid the coronavirus outbreak. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league is “pausing” its season. The move comes a day after the NBA suspended play following a player’s positive COVID-19 test. The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for the virus. The NHL is halting play…

State JROTC Drill in Greenville Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Alabama News Network has learned that the Alabama JROTC State Championship Drill scheduled for Saturday in Greenville has been cancelled due to concerns over the coronavirus. “I cannot express how disappointing this is for our cadets and for me personally,”  Col. Alan Hester, the senior JROTC instructor at Greenville High School, said via email. “We invested a lot of time…

SEC, Other Conferences Cancel Basketball Conference Tournaments Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The SEC and the other big conferences in college sports have now all canceled their basketball tournaments because of the coronavirus, putting the celebrated NCAA March Madness Tournament in doubt. The Power 5 conferences are the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and the Southeastern Conference. Within minutes of each other, they announced that the remainder of their tournaments would…

U.S. State Dept. Wants You to Reconsider Traveling Abroad

The Department of State wants U.S. residents to reconsider traveling outside of the country because of the coronavirus. It says travelers may experience border restrictions and quarantines. These conditions could arise with very little notice. For the latest information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website. Visit travel.state.gov to see travel advisories and updates on safety and…

U.S. Capitol Closing to Public Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Congress is shutting the Capitol and all House and Senate office buildings to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus. The House and Senate sergeants at arms said in a statement that the closure will begin at 5 p.m. EDT today. Lawmakers, aides, journalists and official visitors will be allowed into the buildings. The statement…

Princess Cruises to Stop Operations for 60 Days Because of Coronavirus

Princess Cruises has announced, due to the coronavirus, it will voluntarily pause global operations of its 18 cruise ships for 60 days, affecting trips departing March 12 to May 10. Cruise ships have been particularly hard hit amid the new pandemic and have been turned away by dozens of ports and countries. The Diamond Princess cruise ship, which Japanese officials…

Local Schools, Churches and Businesses taking Extra Precautions to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

Currently, Alabama does not have a confirmed case of the coronavirus but health officials warn that it is only a matter of time. Local churches, schools and businesses are already taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. Montgomery Public School Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore says the system has already sent letters home explaining precautions for parents and…