City cancels some nonessential events and activities because of coronavirus

photo by: Mike Yoder

Lawrence City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St., is pictured Thursday, July 7, 2016

Lawrence will cancel certain nonessential city-coordinated events and activities in light of the spreading coronavirus, according to a Thursday news release.

Parks and Recreation programs, trips and classes that may place vulnerable populations at risk will be canceled. The Parks and Recreation Department will notify those enrolled in the affected classes, the release states.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department will suspend all public education events and station tours, and tours of water and waste water facilities will be postponed.

Additional city event cancellations will be communicated on the city’s new coronavirus website,, which centralized all city-related information regarding the virus.

The Lawrence Sports Pavilion and recreation centers will remain open at the current time, a Parks and Recreation employee said.

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