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Students at a Telford YMCA summer camp.

With the safety of its staff, members and the community in mind, the Telford Community Center YMCA is closing its facility to the public through at least the end of March.

In a statement from the Telford Y staff and its board of directions, the community center will be closed effective March 17 through March 31 with a tentative re-open date of April 1.

During the closure, the Y will transition to provide emergency school-age child care to support doctors, nurses, technicians and medical staff.

“They will not have to worry that their child is in a safe place, as they care for members of our community,” the statement reads. “For a while, our focus will be supporting our community’s critical response teams. You can help us by continuing to support the Y. We hope this disruption is short, and we can all get back to normal soon.”

The Telford YMCA said it will continue to monitor the situation and work with local officials to determine what future actions will be necessary.

The Y isn’t the only facility closed in the county. In addition, many events have been canceled or postponed.

• Madison County Public Library, both in Richmond and Berea, will be closed until March 31. This means that all programs associated with the library will be canceled during this time. Digital services will continue. However, people with books on hold can call the library, and someone will bring the book out to them in the parking lot. Also, if someone wants to get a book, they can call, put it on hold, and someone will then bring it out to them in the parking lot whenever.

• Berea's city offices will be closed to walk-in traffic, effective as of March 16. Employees will be on duty, and services will still be available. Customers can still make payments for utility bills, business licenses, net profit returns, and more in the drive-through window at City Hall or by mail at 212 Chestnut St., Berea, Ky 40403. The police and fire departments will be operating under restricted procedures. For more information, visit

• The Berea Home Village fundraiser with local B&B's and AirBnB's as well as Boone Tavern has been canceled.

• The Kit Carson Commons Groundbreaking/Project Kick-Off will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date.

• Fun with the Arts after-school programs, hosted by Richmond Area Arts Council, will be suspended until Madison County Schools are back in session.

• The Kids' Mall Madness, which was scheduled for March 21, has been rescheduled to May 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• The Madison County Special Olympics' practices, competitions and activities have been halted.

• Richmond's Teen Center has been closed until mid-April.

• Berea Parks and Recreation released a statement that all park programs have been postponed for the remainder of March.

• Jammin' on the Porch and the Welcome Center Wood Carvers events put on by Berea Tourism have been postponed.

• Events, receptions and concerts held by the Berea Arts Council through April 3 have been canceled. However, the gallery and the office remain open.

• The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea's exhibit "Cut in Stone: Kentucky Sculptors" will be canceled.

• Berea Writer's Circle meetings will be canceled. They hope its open mic and meetings will be able to be open in April.

• The Richmond Exchange Club's meetings on March 16, 23 and 30 have been canceled.

• The Richmond Alzheimer's Community Forum scheduled for March 24 has been postponed.

• Hannah's Care Packages' Easter for Medically Fragile/ Sensory has been postponed due to the fact that most of the guests at this event are immune compromised.

• Habitat for Humanity of Madison and Clark Counties builds have been postponed as of March 16. The Habitat office will be closed, but the staff will be working remotely from home. ReStores will remain open for the time being, and the staffs will exercise due diligence to ensure the stores remain clean and all donated items are thoroughly sanitized prior to putting on the sales floor.

• "An Afternoon with President Theodore Roosevelt" on March 22 has been postponed.

• As of Saturday, March 14, Renfro Valley has temporarily suspended all ticketed performances scheduled through April 9. Renfro Valley is continuing to work with artists and their representatives to reschedule performances during this time. Tickets will be honored for the new date.

• Both Kroger and Walmart have reduced hours. Kroger will be open 7 a.m. till 10 p.m. while Walmart will be open 6 a.m. till 11 p.m.

• Real Life Community Church in Richmond is going to virtual services on Sunday. The church will livestream on its Facebook page. "The decision is not derived from a lack of faith, but from a heart of love. We feel this is the best way that we can 'love our neighbors.' Thank the Lord that we have the technology in place to connect online," a statement from the church reads.

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