PROVIDENCE — As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, many organizations are canceling or postponing events. The Journal will list them as we learn. To date:
– Sponsors have canceled this year’s Brain Week, a popular series of events that had been planned for March 14 to March 22.
Sponsors wrote in a media release: “Following the recommendations of several of our sponsors – Brown University, [the state Health Department], Care New England, Lifespan– Brain Week Rhode Island has made the decision to cancel this year’s events.
“In addition to the hundreds of people who attend our events, many of the panelists, workshop leaders and speakers are health care professionals. Our decision is intended to protect these people who are on the front line, as well as our audiences and supporters. Considering the health concerns of the day, we are mindful of the people who might be at genuine risk or those who are concerned about exposing themselves.”
Brain Week sponsors include Cure Alliance for Mental Illness, the Carney Institute for Brain Science at Brown University and the University of Rhode Island’s Ryan Institute for Neuroscience.
— Grow Smart RI’s annual Power of Place Summit has been postponed, tentatively to a date to be determined in June.
“We didn’t take this step lightly,” the organization wrote in an email to participants acknowledging the extent of disruption . “As an organization committed to helping Rhode Islanders achieve healthier neighborhoods and lives, we concluded that the only responsible option was to postpone the Summit.”
– The Providence Athenaeum “has decided to suspend all programs with more than 50 attendees through the month of March,” the institution announced on Wednesday. “We will reassess the situation as we go, since it seems to be evolving so rapidly. Smaller gatherings, such as reading groups and story hours, will take place as scheduled.”
– Rhode Island Island Kids Count has canceled its annual Factbook Breakfast, which annually draws hundreds. In a post on its site labeled “prioritizing public health,” the organization wrote “due to the Coronavirus outbreak and with safety in mind, we will not be holding the Factbook Breakfast on April 6. We are still diligently working on the 2020 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook and plan to release the publication the week of April 6. If you have purchased a ticket, we will refund you. Thank you for your understanding and be well!”
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