Alabama Events Canceled Amid Coronavirus Fears

Travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport wearing facemasks on March 6th, 2020 as the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads throughout the United States. (Source: Chad Davis, Flickr)

Many public gatherings are being canceled across the state as concerns grow over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials with the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America announced they will postpone their annual American Values Luncheon scheduled for March 19th because of concerns around the spread of the novel coronavirus. The event was set to take place at the BJCC with keynote speaker NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw.

“The Greater Alabama Council feels that it is the appropriate and responsible step to take to ensure the safety and welfare of the community and of the guests and honorees of the event,” a spokesman said in a statement today.

The Southern Foodways Alliance will also postpone its event later this month. The SFA was set to hold its Spring Symposium in Birmingham on March 28th. According to the group’s website, the event is postponed “based on advice from the infectious disease department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.”

Among other cancelations, Birmingham’s soccer team has suspended play. Birmingham Legion FC announced today the decision to suspend the 2020 season for a minimum of 30 days.

The Birmingham Legion was set to take on the Charleston Battery on March 15th. Officials say the club is currently working to reschedule both home games in March for a later date.

The Birmingham Barons season opener will be delayed. Minor League Baseball decided to delay the start of the 2020 Championship season following an announcement from Major League Baseball officials to suspend spring training.

Meanwhile, the Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema is taking precautions. The cinema continues to be open for business but all live events have been canceled. The cinema has set a list of guidelines for patrons to ensure their health and safety while enjoying a film. In a statement today, Sidewalk says it has reduced capacity to 40% to “increase the physical space between patrons within the theaters.”

Birmingham’s Levite Jewish Community Center has canceled senior fitness classes until further notice.

The Jefferson County court system also has suspended jury trials temporarily because of the threat from COVID-19. Jury trials in the Birmingham Division have been suspended from March 30 through April 13 and in the Bessemer Division from Monday until April 13, reported. It said people will be barred from entering courtrooms if they have traveled to the hardest-hit areas, been around someone who has been to those countries, has been around someone who has the illness or for any reasons has been advised to self-quarantine.

Health officials say the current risk level of COVID-19 in Birmingham is low. As of now, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Alabama.