As a precautionary measure, the following local schools, organizations, and events have been canceled or postponed due to the recent national/worldwide Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
As of July 27th, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has issued an executive order requiring Hoosiers to wear face coverings in most public settings.
A mask or other face-covering should cover the mouth & nose and may be:
sewn by hand
- improvised from household items such as scarfs, bandanas & t-shirts.
The executive order will require people age 8 and up to wear face coverings at
- Public indoor spaces, commercial entities
Public transportation & vehicle services like taxi/rideshare
- Outdoor public spaces when you can't socially distance from people who aren't in your household
Face coverings will be required in schools for students in the 3rd grade & up, faculty, staff, volunteers & anyone else in schools.
Masks are also required for co-curricular & extra-curricular activities with exceptions for strenuous physical activity.
The face-covering executive order will have exceptions for medical purposes, disabilities, exercising, eating & drinking.
The state will approach enforcement of the face-covering requirement with an emphasis on education. A penalty can be levied under the authority of state law. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.
All Monroe County businesses will be required to post signs telling patrons to wear face coverings, according to a new local health order. To see the current Monroe County health order, click here.
Monroe County Government - Based on the advice of the Monroe County Health department and guidance from the Governor, the Indiana Public Access Counselor, and the CDC; Monroe County Government’s buildings are closed but continue to meet the needs of our community. The Governor’s executive order allows for electronic/phone participation of the Board of Commissioners and County Council with only one member physically present and other members may participate by phone or other electronic means. The meetings themselves and/or minutes from the meetings will be available to the public on this website.
The current buildings are closed: Charlotte Zietlow Justice Center, Monroe County Government North Showers Building, Curry, Fiscus, Johnson Hardware (Probation/Voter Registration), Health, and the Historic Courthouse.
Although our buildings are closed to the public, each department is following a Continuity of Government Operations plan. If you need to contact a department that is closed to the public, please email or telephone the department. If your phone call is not answered, you will receive a response to your voicemail. The Recorder, Assessor, Treasurer, and the Building, Planning, and Highway departments continue to improve their processes to ensure services are provided to our county.
The City of Bloomington Government - Large in-person meetings, including boards and commissions, special events, cabinet, and other large internal meetings have been reduced. City board and commission meetings will generally be postponed, with exceptions as needed for critical services.
Most all churches have implemented virtual services for the time being - Please check with individual church websites or social media pages with updates and info on how you can worship virtually.
Indiana University (Bloomington) - Classes will take place both in-person and online for the upcoming fall semester. For more information, visit this web page.
Indiana University Athletics - All fall sports' schedules and activities are on as of now with social distancing and crowd limitations in place. For more information, click here.
Monroe County Community School Corporation -
A final re-entry and recovery plan for Monroe County Community School Corp. schools was approved at the end of July by the school board.
The re-entry and recovery plan is available on the mccsc website.
Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation -
RBBCSC (Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation) has adopted a re-entry and recovery plan, and can be viewed here or visit the RBBCSC website for more information.
Bloomington Montessori is tentatively planning to resume in-person classes on August 5, 2020. For more information, visit their website.
Ivy Tech will offer classes face-to-face while also continuing to offer a robust schedule of virtual and online options. You will be able to choose* week-to-week how you want to “attend” your class, especially if your personal situation changes and would make attending a face-to-face class difficult or a risk to your safety or to the safety of others. For more information and continued updates please visit http://ivytech.edu/covid-19
The Main and Ellettsville Branches of the Monroe County Public Library are offering curbside pickup by appointment, printing services by appointment, and phone and online chat reference service. To learn more about these and virtual library services, please visit their website. All public meeting rooms are closed through August 31.
As more information is made available, their website and Library social media pages will be updated.
WonderLab is following a directive from the Monroe County Health Department advising that WonderLab procedures align with our local school districts for closure. Re-open dates will be updated as the situation with COVID-19 evolves. This includes:
- Recurring Programs
- Special Events
- Birthday Parties
- Group Visits
For specific program details visit their website calendar: wonderlab.org/events.
The Monroe County History Center has reopened to the public at limited capacity and by appointment in the Research Library. See their updated information here.
At this time, no Auditorium events are canceled. All postponed events except Laverne Cox have been rescheduled. More information on Laverne Cox at IU Auditorium will be announced when details become available. For a complete list of rescheduled dates, check out their website.
All IU Department of Theatre, Drama, & Contemporary Dance rehearsals, productions, and performances are suspended through the beginning of August.
Cardinal Stage box office is currently closed, but you can support them through their virtual programming. Visit cardinalstage.org for more information.
The Buskirk-Chumley Theater has now re-opened with restrictions and virtual programming. To see their current, shows and COVID rules, visit their website.
All shows at the Brown County Music Center through the end of July have been canceled or postponed. Any changes to the show schedule can be found on the Brown County Music Center website.
The Monroe County YMCA has and its Monroe County Y facilities (Southeast, Northwest, and Gymnastics Center) are now open with restrictions and changes to their programming and protocols. For more information, please visit them here.