The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service is cancelling several events over concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the more than 30,000 flu cases reported in Arkansas since September 2019, a spokeswoman said.
The four Arkansas counties currently directly impacted by the virus have cancelled all 4-H Youth Development events and club meetings until schools re-open, said Pia Woods, Extension Service staff chair and 4-H Youth Development official.
As of now, the Master Gardener’s Annual Home & Garden Show scheduled for April 3 and 4, has been postponed for at least the next 60 days.
The Mediterranean Cooking classes scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, and Tuesday, April 14, have been canceled.
The Pesticide Applicator Training scheduled for Thursday, March 19, has been canceled.
Decisions on whether to cancel or postpone other in-person events for the next 60 days will be made as follows:
• Large meetings - For meetings of 25 and more attendees, decisions to cancel or postpone will be made at the senior associate vice president level.
• Smaller meetings - For meetings with less than 25 people, decisions will be made at the unit head or district director level.
“We will follow CDC guidance in making these decisions,” Woods said.