All Schools in Multiple States Closing Due to Virus

For a period of weeks
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2020 5:00 PM CDT
All Schools in Multiple States Closing Due to Virus
Maryland State Superintendent Karen Salmon announces the closing of Maryland public schools in response to the coronavirus during a news conference in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, March 12, 2020.   (AP Photo/ Brian Witte)

Colleges and universities started shutting down first; K-12 schools are now following. Multiple states in the US will be shuttering all of them for a time due to the coronavirus pandemic, the AP and CNN report:

  • In Maryland, all schools will close from Monday until March 27.
  • In Ohio, all schools will close from Monday until at least April 3.
  • In Kentucky, the governor recommended all public and private schools cease in-person classes for at least two weeks.
  • Some schools have closed in many other states even if a statewide closure has not been announced.

Ireland is also closing all its schools and cultural institutions until March 29; France is closing all schools in the country until further notice starting Monday; the Canadian province of Ontario has closed all publicly funded schools from March 14 to April 5; Utah has banned all large gatherings for two weeks; Greece is closing basically everything including playgrounds, courts, theaters, entertainment centers, cinemas, and gyms, for at least two weeks; and Rome is shutting down all its Catholic churches for the first time ever. (Big news on the virus front Thursday in the showbiz and sports worlds, too.)

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