Note: This listing is being updated periodically as changes are announced.

Shelter in place, emergency declarations

Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver and McLennan County commissioners on March 23 ordered local residents to shelter in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning they must stay home except for activities defined as essential.

The city and county emergency orders have been extended through April 30. May's city of Waco and Waco ISD elections have also been postponed.

The orders ban all social gatherings anywhere in the county (including all cities), prohibit nonessential travel and limit activities to tasks necessary to health and safety, including shopping, seeking medical care or exercising outdoors.

Businesses are shut down except for those deemed essential, including those connected to infrastructure, health care, food, public services and communications.

As of April 24, nonessential etailers may sell merchandise if buyers can order ahead and pick up items at the curb. Restaurants may provide to-go and delivery service only.

Essential businesses include those involving health care, child care and infrastructure, as well as grocery stores, liquor stores, farms, news media, laundry, gas stations, automobile repair, mailing and shipping, banks and financial services, professional services such as legal and accounting, hardware and construction supply businesses, and plumbing and electrician services. Restaurants may remain open but only with delivery and takeout; among businesses closed will be hair and nail salons.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered schools closed statewide through the end of the school year.

As of April 26, The Texas Department of State Health Services has reported more than 24,000 cases and more than 600 deaths across 200 Texas counties. As of April 26, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had reported more than 925,000 cases and more than 52,000 deaths. There have been 81 cases reported in McLennan County and four deaths, according to local officials.

Closures, changes and cancellations

Efforts to limit exposure to the coronavirus have led to the cancellation or postponement of operations for many institutions in the Waco area:

  • At Waco's parks, the city has closed all playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, disc golf courses, skate parks, water fountains and horseshoe pits. Trails remain open for walking and riding.
  • The Cobbs Recycling Center is is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for residential users only. The landfill, solid waste operations center and curbside pickup services will continue.
  • May's city of Waco and Waco ISD elections have also been postponed; the rescheduled date will either be July 14 or Nov. 3.
  • Waco Transit buses and vans are limited to a maximum of nine passengers.
  • Both Ascension Providence and Baylor Scott & White have implemented no-visitor policies at their hospitals. Exceptions are made for laboring and postpartum patients, those with disabilities or impairments or who are elderly, the neonatal ICU and pediatric units, patients undergoing surgery or other procedures, and patients under end-of-life care. Only one caregiver may accompany those patients.
  • Richland Mall is closed until further notice.
  • McLennan County's courts have postponed all jury trials until May 11. Other hearings at the courthouse have been reduced; some are by videoconference.
  • McLennan County Tax Office locations are closed to the public until further notice. Services are available by drop box, mail and online. Property taxes will continue to incur penalties and interest if not paid on time.
  • Gov. Greg Abbott has waived certain vehicle registration, titling and parking placard regulations in Texas under his disaster declaration.
  • All H-E-B stores have shortened their hours to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice. > Read more
  • All Brookshire's stores have shortened their hours to 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. until further notice. > Read more
  • All Walmart stores have shortened their hours to 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice. > Read more
  • Jubilee Market has adjusted its hours to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday until further notice.
  • Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center will screen hospital visitors with a questionnaire and limit two visitors per patient. > Read more
  • Baylor University is extending online instruction for all classes from March 23 to the end of the semester. Commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 15-16 have been postponed until August.  > Read more
  • McLennan Community College, Texas Tech at Waco and Tarleton State University at Waco are extending spring break for a week. MCC and Texas Tech at Waco classes will resume March 23 in online-only format for the rest of the spring semester. Public events and other large gatherings this semester are canceled, but may be rescheduled.
  • Texas State Technical College has closed its campus and is extending spring break, with in-person classes planned to resume April 14. Online classes will continue as normal starting March 23. Other classes will begin online coursework March 30. The graduation ceremony has been canceled.
  • The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is limiting its hours, prepared food vendors and group activities. > Read more

School districts

Local attractions closed

  • Waco-McLennan County Library system
  • Cameron Park Zoo
  • Dr Pepper Museum (reopening TBA)
  • Lake Waco Dam trail
  • Lake Waco parks (boat ramps still open)
  • Lake Waco Wetlands
  • Restrooms at city parks
  • Martin Museum of Art (through June 2)
  • Mayborn Museum
  • Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum
  • Texas Sports Hall of Fame
  • Waco Mammoth National Monument
  • Waco Convention Center
  • Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau (incl. Tourist Information Center)
  • All Historic Waco Foundation houses
  • Community centers
  • Senior centers
  • YMCA of Central Texas
  • Golf courses
  • Park amenities such as playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, disc golf courses, skate parks and water fountains (trails remain open)

Events canceled

  • Live music and events in the city and county are effectively canceled through April 30 due emergency orders ordering residents to shelter in place and the closure of all restaurants and bars.
  • Baylor University and McLennan Community College have canceled all public events through the end of the semester.
  • Richland Mall has canceled its events, including its Easter Bunny photo program, until further notice.
  • Hewitt Public Library has canceled its Family Place parent-child workshops for the spring and postponed the March 21 Hop Into Hewitt Spring Event. All other programs, events, meetings and outreach activities also are on hold.
  • All activities scheduled at the Extraco Events Center through April are canceled, including the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association State Championship, McLennan County Go Texan Fundraiser, Central Texas Comic Con, Texas Appaloosa Horse Show Bluebonnet Circuit, Waco Family Fun Fest, Paint the Future Scholarship Show and Texas Amateur Quarterhorse Association State Championship Show.
  • All spring concerts at Common Grounds; some may be rescheduled.
  • The Backyard concerts and shows through April are canceled; most others in April are rescheduled (see details below).
  • All Waco Hippodrome concerts and comedy shows through April are postponed.
  • Waco Community Band concert, scheduled for April 28.
  • Heart of Texas Sertoma Club’s Kite Festival, scheduled for May 2, has been canceled.
  • The Texas High School Football Hall of Fame induction banquet, scheduled for May 2, has been postponed; details are TBD.
  • Mission Waco's Fashion with a Passion style show, scheduled for May 7.
  • The Couture for a Cure style show, part of Cattle Baron's Ball, scheduled for May 7; rescheduling details are TBA.
  • The Stars Over Texas Jamboree, scheduled for April 2 and May 7; the June 4 "Legends of Country" show is on, for now.
  • Central Texas Choral Society's performances of Mendelssohn's "Elijah," scheduled for May 8-9.
  • Rootstock: A Texas Wine Festival, scheduled for May 23.
  • Bowen MusicFest, scheduled for June 6-8.
  • Baylor Theatre's productions of "Enjoy" (March 26-29) and "Hay Fever" (April 28-May 3); will not be rescheduled.
  • McLennan Theatre's productions of "Tinker of Tivoli" (April 2-4) and "Silent Sky" (April 23-26); may be rescheduled.
  • Waco Civic Theatre’s production of "Emma" (March 27-April 5) has been postponed; rescheduled dates are TBA. Auditions for "The Music Man" are being conducted via video.
  • Family Health Center Gala, scheduled for April 30, has been postponed; rescheduled date TBD.

Rescheduled events

  • The Waco Jazz Orchestra concert at the Waco Hippodrome has been postponed to May 9. Tickets will be honored, but those wanting refunds can contact the Hippodrome at hippoboxoffice@gmail.com.
  • The Holly Tucker fundraising concert at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, has been postponed to May 29.
  • The 70s Classic Rock show with Vinyl Radio at the Waco Hippodrome has been postponed to June 4.
  • Ben and Noel Haggard's concert at the Waco Hippodrome has been postponed to June 5.
  • Giovannie and the Hired Guns' concert with Dylan Wheeler at Melody Ranch has been postponed to June 6.
  • YMCA’s LiveStrong Color Run 5K has been postponed to June 6.
  • William Clark Green's concert at The Backyard has been postponed to June 20.
  • “The Living Coast” film with live accompaniment by Montopolis at the Waco Hippodrome has been postponed to June 21.
  • Aaron Watson's concert at The Backyard has been postponed to June 26.
  • Hewitt's Nacho Daddy Car Show has been postponed to June 27.
  • “Anomaly: The Magic of Robby Bennett” at the Waco Hippodrome has been postponed to July 9.
  • Kody West's concert at The Backyard has been postponed to July 17.
  • Mike Ryan's concert at The Backyard has been postponed to July 24.
  • Flatland Cavalry's concert at The Backyard has been postponed to July 25.
  • The Wild Game Dinner fundraiser, benefiting Meals on Wheels Waco, has been postponed to Aug. 1.
  • The Allen Samuels Chamber Classic golf tournament has been postponed to Aug. 14.
  • The CoTown Collab local market at The Phoenix Ballroom has been postponed to Aug. 21-22.
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard's concert at The Backyard has been postponed to Aug. 21.
  • David Adam Byrnes' concert at Melody Ranch has been postponed to Aug. 22.
  • The Art Center of Waco's Table Toppers fundraiser has been postponed to Aug. 27.
  • Roger Creager's concert at The Backyard has been postponed to Aug. 28.
  • Comic Steve Treviño's show at the Waco Hippodrome has been postponed to Aug. 28.
  • Chad Cooke Band's concert at Melody Ranch has been postponed to Aug. 29.
  • Jukebox Rock: A Rock N Roll Extravaganza at the Waco Hippodrome has been postponed to Sept. 4.
  • Cattle Baron's Ball at the Extraco Events Center has been postponed to Sept. 11.
  • John Conlee's show at the Waco Hippodrome has been postponed to Sept. 11.
  • "An Evening with C.S. Lewis" with David Payne at the Waco Hippodrome has been postponed to Sept. 16.
  • The Penny & Sparrow concert at Common Grounds has been postponed to Sept. 25.
  • Ozark Jubilee / Direct from Branson: Stars of the Grand Ole Opry at the Waco Hippodrome has been postponed to Sept. 27.
  • John Michael Montgomery's show at the Waco Hippodrome has been postponed to Oct. 1.
  • The Silo District Marathon has been postponed to Oct. 3-4.
  • The Whiskey Myers street party event at The Backyard has been postponed to Oct. 9.
  • Sawyer Brown's concert at the Waco Hippodrome has been postponed to Oct. 22.
  • Steve Wariner's concert at the Waco Hippodrome has been postponed to Nov. 12.
  • “Imagining Jules Bledsoe: A Concert” has been postponed until the fall; details are TBD.
  • Providence Gala, scheduled for May 30, has been rescheduled to Feb. 6, 2021.
  • The Boots, Buckles and Bling fundraiser to benefit Cenikor has been postponed to March 19, 2021.
  • The Waco Symphony Orchestra concert and Belles and Brass presentation has been postponed until March 20, 2021.
  • Elk VFD annual Burgers and Bunnies fundraiser canceled, rescheduled for March 27, 2021.
  • The Waco Symphony Orchestra’s April 16 concert featuring America, rescheduled for April 8, 2021.

Sports updates

  • The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has suspended all competitions and activities (practices, workouts, rehearsals, etc.) in athletics, music and academics through the end of the school year.
  • The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS), in which most Waco private schools participate, has suspended all athletics events and practices through the end of the school year. The Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship (TCAF) has canceled sports for rest of year.
  • All Baylor University athletics events have been canceled through the end of the school year. Meetings and practices are suspended through May 31, per the Big 12.
  • McLennan Community College has canceled all athletic events through the end of the academic year, per the NJCAA, the governing body for junior college athletics.
  • All District 9 Little League organizations are suspended until April 30 due to local emergency orders. Little League International has recommended the suspension of all activities until May 11.
  • The Texas High School Women's Powerlifting Association State Meet, which was scheduled for March 20-21 at the Extraco Events Center, has been postponed. A rescheduled meet in Corpus Christi has been called off.
  • The Texas Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet, scheduled for March 28, has been postponed until the fall. Details are TBD.
  • The National College Equestrian Association National Championship, scheduled for April 15-18 at Extraco Events Center, has been canceled.
  • The Silo District Marathon has been postponed to Oct. 3-4.

Weekly meetings

  • Veterans One Stop has postponed its Wednesday meals until further notice. Veterans with scheduled appointments will be contacted individually to reschedule.
  • The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is limiting its hours and canceling communal activities. > Read more
  • City of Waco Boards and Commissions Committee meeting for April 28, canceled.
  • Lunch with the Masters program for Wednesdays, canceled.
  • City of Waco Youth Council meeting for May 4, canceled.

Houses of worship

Most houses of worship in the Waco area have turned to video streaming to bring services into the homes of their congregations.   > Read more

These local churches have notified the Tribune-Herald about their online services during the current COVID-19 crisis. Call (254) 757-5835 or email jdingrando@wacotrib.com to include your house of worship here.

Church Under the Bridge will not meet for the next several weeks. A take-away lunch only for the homeless will be available Sunday morning at 601 Webster Ave. There will also be a table for communion and prayer.

To provide information about other local events affected by the coronavirus, email news@wacotrib.com.

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