Below are a list of closings, cancelations and adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic:


• All area schools, both K-12 and higher education, have closed in-person classes for the remainder of the school year.

• ECKAN Head Start All events canceled through April. In-person interactions will shift to phone or email.


• The Emporia Gazette front office will be closed until further notice, payment box located in front lobby. Call 342-4800 for assistance.

• Lyon County Sheriff’s Office lobby and Lyon County Detention Center closed to the public. For a full list of Lyon County offices and services, visit

• Newman Regional Health instituting strict visitation guidelines.

• Newman Regional Health Auxiliary closed until further notice.

• Good’s Cash Saver and Reeble’s Country Mart adjusted hours, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

• Walmart adjusted hours, 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., beginning Thursday, March 19. Beginning March 24 - April 28, Walmart will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers 60 and older, which will start one hour before stores open.

• Emporia Senior Center closed through May 4.

• All regular meetings and board meetings for the Kiwanis Club of Emporia have been canceled through April 30.

• David Traylor Zoo of Emporia — closed until further notice.

• National Teachers Hall of Fame Museum — closed until further notice.

• Abundant Harvest — offering curbside meals, 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

• The First Christian Church Clothes Closet and Household Hut is closed until further notice.

• The Emporia Recreation Center is closed until further notice.

• B & B Theatres in Emporia is closed until further notice

• Salvation Army lobby is closed until further notice.

• Salvation Army Thrift Store — closed until further notice

• Emporia Fitness — closed until further notice. Follow @emporiafitness on Facebook for at-home workouts.

• CIS of Mid-America — providing supports for at-risk students amid school closures.

• Flint Hills Community Health Center — Dental Services (Emporia & Eureka) — Due to the impact of coronavirus FHCHC is providing emergency care only effective immediately until further notice.To request an emergency appointment, please call (620) 342-4864

• Reflections Salon and Wig Boutique — closed until further notice.

• Emporia iHOP — Curbside pickup and delivery through DoorDash or Call 620-412-9586 to call in orders

• Merchant Street Liquor is closed until further notice.

• Prairie PastTimes — closed until further notice.

• The Lyon County Courthouse, Bowyer Community Building and the Anderson Building are closed to the public until further notice.

• Dirty Kanza gravel race postponed until Sept. 11-13.

• The Emporia Senior Center Board Meeting for Monday has been canceled. The board will instead plans to meet on May 11 at 5:15 p.m.

• Pioneer Bluffs properties and grounds are temporarily closed to the public. All events at Pioneer Bluffs have been canceled or postponed through the first week of May. The event schedule resumes normally in June.

• Emporia Animal Shelter will not be doing any adoption appointments until the order is lifted. The public will still be able to claim and pick up their stray animals from the shelter, just call ahead and schedule a time to pick them up. The Humane Society’s office will be closed and will only be available by email or Facebook

• Melissa's Chop Shop is closed until further notice.


• Verdigris Valley Foundation Breakfast scheduled for March 21 postponed until April 25.

• Kiwanis Pancake Day has been postponed to July 18. Pre-sold tickets will be accepted

• CASA Recognition Night scheduled for April 28 will be rescheduled for a date TBA

• The Emporia St. Patrick's Day Committee has canceled all events that were scheduled and/or postponed for the 2020 St. Patrick's Celebration. Checks will be awarded to this year's chosen organizations sometime in May. Each organization will be contacted individually. Watch the group's Facebook page for any updates. 

• 2020 Glass Blown Open scheduled for April 25 -May 2 has been canceled.

• The Sertoma Club activities closed through April.

• FHTC Gala scheduled for Friday is postponed until July 31.

• The Knights of Columbus Leo Council 727 has canceled all activities through June 30. All regular monthly meetings are canceled.

• Chase County Drug Free Action Team meetings will be canceled until further notice. A meeting via Zoom will be held in April.

• Keep it a Safe Summer is canceled.

• The Rotary Club of Emporia has canceled all meetings through the end of April.

• Community Bike Share program deactivated until further notice.

• The AARP Community Group meeting scheduled for Wednesday is canceled.


• First Congregational Church offering livestreaming services via Facebook @firstchurchemporia and online at Service time is 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

• First Christian Church streaming online at 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings.

• New Life Christian Church will not be physically meeting for any services or activities until further notice, but will be having online services and bible studies.

• Emporia First United Methodist Church — livestreaming services online at

(3) comments


After what has transpired in our state on the day with largest number of Covid-19 cases yet reported, how is it possible for our Kansas lawmakers to decide they need to revoke limited gatherings for Easter Sunday or Passover? My sincerest hope is Emporia w will have more sense than our lawmakers in Topeka and rejoice Easter Sunday at home! Sing your songs of jubilation and prayers of thankfulness by opening up your prayer books and raising your voices with your families at home!


AMEN!!God understands.

Out Of Here Prev: SnowGypsy

Actually, it has more to do with how the Governor wrote her executive order allowing exempting shopping malls, libraries, and other venues and disallowing churches, that is where the issue is, so it is not the Kansas lawmakers at all, but the Governor's haphazard behavior in writing her EO. A copy of the memorandum which explains this: Governor Kelly allowed for a lot of venues that are questionable as far as "essential", so she stepped in it, and it is the job of the Attorney General to watch out for actions that are not allowed by the Kansas Constitution or the Bill of Rights - also, if there is a violation of federal law (Kelly had an issue there also in another circumstance). Beware of the media who rarely does more than pander to their chosen political agenda.

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