Area event centers cancel due to mass gathering ban

By Tara Jones -

LIMA — Following Thursday’s announcement that mass gatherings are prohibited, Veterans Memorial Civic Center, Niswonger Performing Arts Center and Marathon Center for the Performing Arts Center have canceled events.

A press release from DeWine’s office classifies mass gatherings as “any event or convening that brings together 100 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater or any other confined indoor or outdoor space.”

The order will take effect immediately and remain until the state of emergency has been rescinded or modified, according to the release.

Niswonger Performing Arts Center will be closed until April 6, canceling Saturday’s “Finding Neverland.” Patrons will receive a full refund via company check in the mail. The “I Am, He Said” show set for March 21 has been moved to June 14, and all tickets currently sold will be honored.

The Civic Center also announced that it will be following the restrictions, but specific dates and performances were not mentioned in Thursday evening’s press release. Ticket holders will be notified directly by email regarding the status of each performance. The next show at the Civic Center is “Waitress” slated for March 26.

Findlay’s Marathon Center announced that all events over “the next three to four weeks” are canceled. Updates and details will be provided to ticket holders directly through emails or phone calls according to a press release Thursday evening.

The ban does not include normal operations of airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls and centers or other spaces where 100 or more persons may be in transit according to the release. It also does not include typical office environments, schools, restaurants, factories or retail or grocery stores.

By Tara Jones

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

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