COVID-19 Coronavirus causes closures, impacts services across Pike County

Published 12:48 pm Tuesday, March 17, 2020

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Updated 2:10 p.m. 3/17/2020

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce has canceled all upcoming events through May 8 including ribbon cuttings, the Leadership Pike Community Dinner originally scheduled for March 19, the Chamber Annual Banquet – State of the County Address scheduled for April 20, and Leadership Pike and Jr. Ambassador in-person classes. All committee meetings will be held via video or telephone conferencing. Applications for programs or scholarships will be accepted digitally at The Chamber will remain operational to support members.

Updated 1:13 p.m. 3/17/2020

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As the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads in Alabama, many businesses, schools, government services and events have been closed, canceled or otherwise affected while residents avoid large gatherings.

Troy University was one of the first Pike County institutions affected by the virus, first canceling all March study abroad trips.

The university then canceled on-campus classes while students were on spring break, switching to an online delivery platform.

Public schools followed, closing until April 6 as the US and Alabama were placed under a state of emergency.

As health officials urged residents to keep a “social distance” of six feet apart, businesses and restaurants began to be affected as well and many events have been canceled as officials advise avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.

Below is a list of cancellations, closures and affected services to be updated continually as the situation develops:

  • All local schools will remain closed until at least April 6.
  • The Alabama Supreme Court issued an order on March 13 limiting court proceedings and duties until at least April 6.
  • Continental Cinemas has indefinitely suspended operations.
  • The Troy Nutrition Center dining hall is closed until at least April 6. Meals continue to be delivered and curbside pickup is available.
  • The Troy Recreation Center is closed to the general public until at least April 6. Token-fed batting cages remain closed until April 11. The outdoor walking trails at the Sportsplex and Murphree Park remain open as well as all playgrounds, but residents are advised to use caution.
  • The Troy Public Library has suspended its interlibrary loan program and is limiting patrons to one hour in the library.
  • The Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library has canceled all upcoming events for March.
  • All local senior centers are closed. The Brundidge Nutrition Center continues to deliver meals and offer curbside service.
  • The annual Cattleman’s Auction has been canceled.
  • The House of Hope Banquet has been canceled.
  • The Miss Brundidge and Little Miss Brundidge Pageant has been canceled.
  • Local restaurants are advised to keep six feet between tables and limit capacity to 50 percent. Many restaurants are offering curbside pickup and delivery.
  • Some local businesses are offering curbside pickup and delivery.

Check with an individual store or restaurant beforehand to ensure open hours and effects on services. Check back for updates as we receive information on changes to services.