Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots.

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots.

Virus prompts cancellations on Peninsula

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Here are the most recent upcoming events that have been canceled, plus closures, because of COVID-19 that affect the North Olympic Peninsula:

• The Clallam County Assessor’s Department customer service counter is closed to the public. For more information, call 360-417-2228 and leave a message.

• All 2020 Washington CoastSavers cleanups are canceled.

• The Crescent Bay Lions have canceled benefit breakfasts indefinitely.

• Clallam Transit is suspending its dailyservice on the Strait Shot route to and from the state ferry terminal at Bainbridge Island effective Monday, March 23, the agency announced.

The last departure from the Gateway Transit Center is 3:15 p.m. Sunday, and the last departure from the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal is at 6:20 p.m. Sunday.

All other Clallam Transit routes are running as scheduled.

First Federal’s branch lobbies will close temporarily to the public effective March 20.

• As of March 19, all Walmart stores will be closing at 8:30 p.m. and reopening at 7 a.m. daily. Beginning March 24, and every Tuesday through April 28, Walmart will be opening an hour early for senior citizens and at-risk customers. The pharmacy and vision center will be open at this time.

• As of March 17, the Olympic National Park Visitor Center & Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles, the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center are closed until further notice. Winter operations at Hurricane Ridge were originally scheduled to end March 29. With the closing of the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, winter operations at Hurricane Ridge have ended as of March 17.

Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, Olympic National Park’s entrances, hiking trails and campgrounds will remain open, according to a press release.

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on

YMCA locations in Sequim, Port Angeles and Jefferson County also are closing for two weeks due to Inslee’s emergency declaration to close recreational facilities, according to a press release.

The YMCA will continue to provide full-day childcare services to families in need during school closures at our licensed childcare sites beginning Tuesday at Dry Creek Elementary School in Port Angeles and Salish Coast Elementary School in Port Townsend.

• Beginning Tuesday, March 17, all branches of the North Olympic Library System will be closed to the public until conditions permit the library to reopen.

All Library programs and meeting room reservations will be canceled through at least April 30, or until conditions permit the library to reopen.

NOLS remains open online at The Library website offers a variety of resources such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, a wide variety of databases, streaming music and movies, and other alternatives — all available with your library card number and password. The Library is working with its vendors to increase access to online content.

All book returns also will be closed. All materials should be kept until the Library is able to reopen. Due dates have been adjusted so that no item will be considered overdue.

The library’s public Wi-Fi will continue to be available 24/7 during this crisis. Library Wi-Fi can be accessed outside the building at all NOLS branches, including in areas of the parking lots. Wi-Fi users are requested not to block fire lanes.

• The Department of Social and Health Services will stop most visitors to its 24/7 facilities effective immediately.

• Starting Tuesday, March 17, Peninsula College campuses will be closed except for child care at the Port Angeles location. All events through April 12 are canceled.

• Starting Tuesday, March 17, Olympic Community Actions Programs (OlyCAP) will be closing its three offices in Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Forks and the three community centers (Tri-Area, Quilcene and Brinnon) to the general public. The agency will continue to offer services via telephone and email communication.

For services in Jefferson County, call 360-385-2571. For services in Clallam County, call 360-452-4726.

A form for people to complete if they are willing to volunteer during the crisis can be found here.

A form for people to fill out if they are in need help can be found here.

PUD #1 of Clallam County has closed its facilities to customer access. Payments can be made by phone, mail, payment drop box, through the website portal, vis the SmartHub app or at one the PUD payment kiosks.

For all other customer inquiries, call 360-452-9771 or 800-542-7859, or email [email protected].

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide services are suspended until further notice.

• The Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) men’s and women’s basketball tournaments have been canceled.



Port Angeles

• The Port Angeles Symphony’s Board of Directors has voted to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

This affects the orchestra’s May 2 and May 22 performances in Port Angeles and the May 23 concert in Sequim. The March 20 Ballet Gala and March 28 symphony performance also were canceled last month after Gov. Jay Inslee’s mandates against large gatherings.

Those with 2019-20 season subscriptions may donate the value of their remaining tickets to the nonprofit symphony’s operating fund, or receive a refund for the prorated amount.

• In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the May 22-25 Juan de Fuca Festival has been canceled and a new artist support fund established.

“If you decide to donate back the value of your tickets, you need not do anything further, except to accept our gratitude,” said Port Angeles Symphony conductor and music director Jonathan Pasternack.

Those who prefer a refund should contact the office at [email protected] or 360-457-5579.

Monday Musicale has canceled all monthly meetings until further notice. Also canceled is the garage sale and the May 3 scholarship auditions.

• The Clallam County Charter Review Commission will be canceling meeting scheduled for March 26, April 9, April 16 and April 23.

• Ghostlight Productions’ “Jesus Christ Superstar” has been postponed until further notice.

• The Clallam County Auditor’s Office is closed to walk-ins effective Wednesday, March 18.

• The Clallam Conservation District office is temporarily closed to walk-in assistance. For more information, visit, call 360-775-3747 or email [email protected].

Educational Ennis Creek walks are suspended until the end of COVID-19 social distancing. Friends of Ennis Creek Facebook page is continuing postings. More information also is available by emailing [email protected].

• The city of Port Angeles Parks & Recreation Department closed city rental facilities at 5 p.m. Monday, March 16, until further notice. These facilities include the Vern Burton Community Center gym and meeting rooms, Civic Field, Volunteer Field, the Campfire Clubhouse at Jessie Webster Park, the Clubhouse and Loomis Building at Lincoln Park and the Port Angeles Senior & Community Center.

The Port Angeles Senior & Community Center will continue to utilize the Olympic Community Action Programs Senior Nutrition Program, but will be limited to pick-up and delivery of meals. For questions on OlyCap’s congregate meals, call 360-452-4726.

• The OAT Run has been rescheduled for June 20.

Feiro Marine Life Center has postponed its Making Waves 2020 fundraiser, originally planned for Saturday, March 21. In addition, the marine life center will close its exhibits to the public effective Monday, March 15.

• All Masonic Temple bingo has been canceled until further notice.

Soroptimist International of Port Angeles-Noon Club has canceled Friday noon meetings until April 25.

• All Studio Bob events for March have been canceled.

• The Port Angeles contra dances at Black Diamond Hall have been canceled until further notice.

• The Port Angeles Farmers Market, held Saturdays, will be closed until further notice.

• The Fairview Grange Spaghetti Dinner, scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, has been canceled. The next event, a Pot Roast Dinner and Chinese Dessert Auction, is set for April 28 at 5 p.m.

• The Clallam County Charter Review has canceled its meetinfs scheduled for March 26, April 9, April 16 and April 23.

• The Northwest Peninsula Friends of the NRA have decided to postpone its 2020 annual Dinner and Auction, formerly schedule for Saturday, March 29. The new date is Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Vern Burton Community Center.

• The North Olympic Land Trust has canceled its 12th annual Conservation Breakfast, which was set for April 2. The breakfast, at which the land trust names its Outstanding in the Field award, will be rescheduled later this year, the group said.

• The Kiwanis Dinner/Auction for Camp Beausite, set for Saturday, April 4, has been postponed. A new date will be announced in the future.

Voice for Veterans has canceled the April 9 monthly meeting.

• Peninsula Friends Of Animals annual “Catnip and Sip” Tea, Fashion Show and Auction, scheduled for April 11, has been canceled and will be rescheduled in the fall. Check for update.

• Peninsula College’s Running Start Information Night, scheduled for April 16, has been canceled.

• Olympic Peninsula Humane Society’s eighth annual fundraising event, “Meowgaritas and Mutts,” scheduled for April 25, has been postponed until Oct. 17.

Clallam Mosaic cancellations: Clallam Mosaic is canceling the last two weeks of classes for the Winter Term. Beginning Monday, March 16, all classes held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles and Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church in Sequim have been canceled.

The Snappy Players performances scheduled for April 3 and 4 have been canceled. The performances will be rescheduled for June, with the dates to be determined.

Parent to Parent activities, the Individualized Education Plan Seminar, scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, and the Family Fun Night, scheduled for Friday, March 27, have been canceled.

• An Evening of Jazz with the Karrin Allyson Trio, featuring Miro Sprague and Jeff Johnson and hosted by the Port Angeles Choir Boosters, scheduled for Friday, April 17, has been canceled.

• The April 30 Medical Assisting Program Information Session, hosted by Peninsula College’s Medical Assisting Program, has been canceled.

Olympic Theatre Arts has canceled its production of “A Facility for Living,” scheduled to open May 1. It also is anticipated the last play of the season, “Let Me Down Easy,” will be canceled.

• The 37th annual Mustang Show N Shine, scheduled for May 2-3, has been canceled.

• The Healthcare Job Fair, hosted by Peninsula College’s Medical Assisting Program and scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, has been canceled.

• The 27th annual Petals & Pathways Home Garden Tour of Port Angeles, scheduled for June 20, has been canceled.




Railroad Bridge Park facilities including parking lots, picnic shelters, amphitheater and restrooms are closed to the public effective Wednesday, March 25, until further notice.

Blue Whole Gallery will be closed through the month of April.

• The Amputee Support Group that usually meets on the first Wednesday of each month has canceled their monthly meetings until further notice.

• The Sequim Prairie Garden Club has suspended monthly meetings until further notice. Additionally, rental reservations of the Pioneer Memorial Park Clubhouse are temporarily suspended. Deposits and fees for scheduled rentals will be refunded unless rescheduling is requested. Please contact Sequim Prairie Garden Club at 360-808-3434.

• The Dungeness River Audubon Center will be closed March 17-31. All events have been postponed. For updates, visit

• The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s 7 Cedars Casino was scheduled to shut down at midnight for two weeks, said Jerry Allen, 7 Cedars Casino/Resort CEO, late Monday.

Peninsula Friends of Animals’s Safe Haven has closed and will reopen Tuesday, March 31.

• The Sequim Irrigation Festival, scheduled for May 1-10, has been postponed.

Sequim Elks bingo is canceled until April 26.

• The Shipley Center will be closed through April 26.

• The Sequim MS Support Group will not meet in March. The regular meeting would have been on the last Tuesday of the month, March 31.

• All 2020 Traveler’s Journal presentations have been canceled.

• Friday Night Live events at Sequim Community Church have been canceled until further notice.

• In a measure of caution due to the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, the City of Sequim is temporarily suspending future facility rentals. This includes all Guy Cole Event Center facilities, the City Council Chambers and conference rooms at the Sequim Civic Center. Parties who choose to voluntarily cancel existing reservations will receive a full refund.

• The Olympic Peninsula Art Association has canceled its March meetings. The date of the next general membership meeting is to be determined.

• The Sequim-Dungeness Chamber of Commerce is temporarily suspending volunteer operations, thus closing its visitor center until further notice.

• The Sequim-Sunrise Rotary Club will be canceling its weekly Friday morning meetings effective Friday, March 20, until further notice.

Soup’s On program at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will not be held beginning Wednesday, March 18, through Wednesday, April 8; it will resume April 14. The Taize service planned for Monday, March 23, has been canceled. Live music will not resume until May.

Clallam County Environmental Health and project partners are canceling the Tuesday, March 31, Pollution Identification and Correction (PIC) Open House at the Sequim Prairie Grange.

• The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge has postponed the annual New Volunteer Training, scheduled for Friday, April 3. A new date has not been scheduled yet. For more information, call the Refuge at 360-457-8451 or email [email protected].

• The Sequim Elks have canceled the following shows: Rude & UnProfessional (April 3); Silver City 6 (April 5).

• The third annual Pinewood Classic, scheduled for Saturday, April 4, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, has been postponed. For more information, call Shana Scott at 360-504-2170.

• The Clallam County Genealogical Society has canceled its spring seminar, “Getting the Story: Methods and Mysteries,” which was slated for April 4.

Rumba for Couples group dance lessons at Sequim Prairie Grange on April 7, 14, 28 and May 5 have been canceled.

• The WOW! Working on Wellness Forum, scheduled for April 8 and titled “Plant Based Eating: Good for You, Good for the World,” has been canceled.

• Puget Sound Anglers has decided to cancel the Kids Fishing Day, which had been scheduled for April 11 at Carrie Blake Park.

• The three-day Olympic BirdFest event, slated for April 17-19, has been canceled, according to Judith White, Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society president. All proceeds from BirdFest will support the Dungeness River Audubon Center.

• The Peninsula Singers have postponed their spring concert, scheduled for April 17-19 at Trinity United Methodist Church, for a TBD date.

• The Master Gardener annual plant sale at the Woodcock Demonstration Gardens, scheduled for May 2, has been canceled. It might be rescheduled in the fall.



Port Townsend

The ReCyclery will be limiting interactions with customers, volunteers and program participants. Interactions will be conducted through a service window at the shop. The current wheel building class has been postponed, Earn A Bike Programs will be temporarily suspended along with Community Shop Days, and volunteers will be encouraged to work on bikes remotely.

Northwind Arts Center will close until April 24.

Northwest Maritime Center public spaces, including the Chandlery, Marine Thrift, Boatshop, Library and Boathouse, are closed until further notice.

Trinity United Methodist Church will be live streaming Sunday worship services and nightly prayer services. Visit Sunday services are held at 10 a.m., and nightly prayer services are at 7 p.m. For more information, call the church at 360-385-0184, or email [email protected].

Pane d’Amore will temporarily close all locations and wholesale production.

Jefferson County Library has closed to the public.

Jefferson Healthcare hospital has announced temporary restrictions on routine visits to the hospital campus and clinics to help ensure the health and safety of patients, staff and the community amid the coronavirus outbreak.

All routine/discretionary patient visits have been suspended, and cafeteria use is for hospital staff only during this time, according to a press release. Additionally, all support groups, Wellness Center classes and Exercise for Health Classes are postponed until further notice.

• The Rose Theatre and the Starlight Room in Port Townsend is closed.

• The Port Townsend Gallery has closed until further notice but will be open by appointment. For more information, call the gallery at 360-379-8110.

• The Port Townsend Public Library and Mountain View Pool will be closed through April 24. The closures will affect all of the library- and pool-related activities.

• The Quimper Grange is canceling all its events. For details, visit

• The Jefferson County Home Show has been postponed to April 25, so its location, Blue Heron Middle School, can be cleaned as protection against coronavirus.

• To limit unnecessary visits to Jefferson Healthcare, Monday night dinner demonstrations are canceled until further notice.

• The Port Townsend Dance Film Festival has been postponed from April 3-5 to a later date that will be announced in the near future, according to a news release from the Rose Theatre.

• The Community Chorus of Port Townsend and East Jefferson County has postponed its spring concert program of American folk music, previously planned for April 3-5.

• All performances and programs scheduled at Key City Public Theatre through May 3 are canceled. This includes the run of “Always, Patsy Cline,” which was set to open April 3. The run is postponed until January-February 2021.

• The class “Understanding Your DNA Results,” sponsored by the Jefferson County Genealogical Society and scheduled for April 6 and 20, has been canceled.

• The Port Townsend Main Street Program has canceled its Earth Day Clean Up (April 18), moving it to June 20, and its Taste of Port Townsend (June 4), now scheduled for September. A date will be determined.

• The live performance of Terry Robb at Rain Shadow Recording Studio, slated for Friday, April 24, has been canceled.

• The Port Townsend Film Festival’s “Women & Film” event, scheduled for April 24-26, has been canceled.

• The AAUW Home & Kitchen Tour, scheduled for April 25, has been canceled.

• The May 9 Port Townsend Wearable Art Show, a benefit for the Jefferson Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls, has been canceled.

• The Jefferson Healthcare Rhody Run, scheduled for Sunday, May 17, has been canceled.



Forks/West End

• Effective March 17 and until further notice, the Quileute Reservation is closed to all tourist activities and visitors. Only tribal members, residents, employees, contractors and deliveries are allowed to enter the reservation.

• The Forks Visitor Information Center is closed to walk-in traffic.

• The West End Sportsmen’s Club has canceled bingo until further notice.

• The fourth annual Olympic Experimental State Forest (OESF) science conference scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, has been postponed to Wednesday, Oct. 21. The rescheduled conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Rainforest Arts Center.

• The Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction has been postponed until May 2-3. The school district auction had been set for March 21-22 at Forks High School Commons.

• The seventh annual River and Ocean Film Festival, slated for March 28, has been postponed until further notice. Watch for updates at



Port Ludlow

• The Port Ludlow Art Fest, to be held June 27, has been postponed.


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