The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., has canceled its classes, events and programs through May 10, according to a news release Tuesday, March 17.

The decision was made in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines discouraging gatherings of 10 or more people for the next eight weeks to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the release said.

MAC leaders previously had planned to close through at least April 6.

As staff members transition to remote work, the organization "will continue to try to reschedule what we can, as well as begin planning for the fall," the release said.

Ticket holders and registered students will be contacted directly regarding their purchases, the release season.

However, the following spring and summer events are moving forward as planned:

* May 21: Exhibition opening in the Main Gallery for Char Norman

* May 29: "Tony Hagood Presents: Tribute to Frank Sinatra"

* May 30: "Flippo: Tribute to Elton John"

* June and July: Youth summer camps

* June 19: Preview Picnic

* June 20-21: Worthington Arts Festival

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Worthington's McConnell Arts Center closing until at least April 6 because of coronavirus

Like other central Ohio arts institutions, the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., will close its doors at least through April 6 because of the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to a Friday, March 13, news release from the organization.

"We have been closely monitoring the decisions made by fellow arts and community organizations today," the release signed by executive director Erin Blue said. "In light of the announcement of closing by several of these institutions, including the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Columbus Museum of Art, we have decided to also close the McConnell Arts Center to the public until at least April 6. Staff will continue to work to manage calls and coordinate programming for after the shut-down period is complete."

The release said the move was made because "our hope is that this diligent effort at an early stage can greatly reduce the spread of the coronavirus and protect our friends, family and fellow citizens."

"As a small nonprofit organization, we are concerned about the financial impact this closing will have, not just for the MAC, but for our staff and the artists we partner with who rely on income as instructors and performers to support their families," Blue wrote. "Board and staff will be working together closely to determine the best way to move forward during this difficult time."

The Worthington Libraries system also announced its closure through April 5 earlier March 13.