Several Town programs & events canceled or postponed in response to COVID-19

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 3:02pm

In accordance with Gov. Roy Cooper's recommendation, effective Sunday, March 15, all Town of Wake Forest-sponsored events and activities with an expected attendance of 100 or more are canceled or postponed at least through Thursday, April 30. These events include (but are not limited to) the Easter Egg Hunt and STEM Saturday on March 28, Dirt Day and Abor Day Tree Seedling Giveaway on April 4, Friday Night on White on April 17 and the Six Sundays in Spring concert on April 26. A complete listing of cancellations, postponements and closures is provided at www.wakeforestnc.gov/covid-19-coronavirus/alerts-closures. Organizers will make every effort to reschedule these and other events impacted by COVID-19. A decision on events scheduled in May and beyond will be announced in mid-to-late April.

All Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department-sponsored athletics programs, including all youth and adult baseball, softball and kickball leagues, are suspended until April 6. All cultural programs and classes will be offered as scheduled.

The Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St., and the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., will remain open, but all open play times have been canceled until April 30. As a result, the FPCC will alter its normal operating schedule through April 30 and close on weeknights at 8 p.m. The weekend schedule will remain the same.

The Joyner Park Community Center (JPCC) is currently closed while crews re-stripe and re-finish the gymnasium floor. The JPCC administrative offices are scheduled to reopen Monday, March 30. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the gym, walking track and fitness room will remain closed until April 30. For more information on PRCR Department facilities, events and activities, call 919-435-9560.

The Wake Forest Film Festival, scheduled for today and tomorrow, March 13-14, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., will proceed as scheduled. However, the Renaissance Centre will take steps during the two-day event to encourage social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Beginning Sunday, March 15, all Renaissance Centre-hosted events and activities are canceled through April 30, including (but not limited to) Rockin’ the Forest on March 27, Sons of Mystro on April 3, and flix4kidz and Free at 3 on April 13. Full refunds will be issued for any current or future ticketed Renaissance Centre events canceled due to COVID-19. For more information or refund assistance, call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

Decisions about individual events and meetings at the Renaissance Centre and other Town facilities will be made on a case-by-case basis. For questions about facility rentals, contact the facility directly, or call 919-435-9560.

In the interest of its members’ health and well-being, the Northern Wake Senior Center is closed and all classes suspended through April 30.

In addition, the following meetings, events, services and activities have also been canceled or suspended until April 30:

  • All Town advisory board meetings with the exception of Planning Board, Board of Adjustment and Design Review Board;

  • Fingerprinting service and child safety seat installations offered by the Police Department.

The March 17 and April 21 Board of Commissioners meetings will proceed as scheduled.

Again, Wake Forest residents are encouraged to visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/covid-19-coronavirus/alerts-closures for a complete listing of Town cancellations, postponements and closures.

The Wake Forest Town Hall will remain open during normal business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.). However, the Town is implementing several operational changes at Town Hall and other Town facilities per federal, state and county guidelines to encourage social distancing and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These changes are designed to model best practices for keeping staff and the public safe while the Town continues to provide essential services and keep its main facilities open.

Town officials are urging residents to limit their visits to Town facilities as much as possible by taking advantage of services that can be handled over the phone or online. For example, instead of paying their utility bill at Town Hall, Wake Forest Power customers are encouraged to consider enrolling in one of the available utility bill payment programs, such as Wake Forest Pre-Pay Power, Online Bill Pay, Automatic Bank Draft and Equal Payment Plan. For complete information on these payment options, visit http://bit.ly/WFUtilityBillPaymentOptions.

Residents are also encouraged to utilize the online Contact Us form at http://bit.ly/TOWFContactUs to submit questions or concerns about Town programs, services and special events.

Anyone who must visit a Town facility is strongly encouraged to maintain a 'social distance' of six feet from Town staff and others when possible and utilize the hand sanitizer provided for the public throughout Town Hall and other Town buildings.

Community health and safety is the top priority for the Town of Wake Forest. The situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is ever-changing, so Town officials are closely monitoring daily updates and following guidelines from the Wake County Health Department, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHSS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These guidelines have been implemented in protocols established by the Town to address potential exposure to the coronavirus and protect our community and staff.

Additional information and updates will be provided as circumstances warrant.