The following are a list of cancellations and service changes related to the COVID-19 virus as society works to “flatten the curve” and curb the spread of the virus by limiting social contact. Governor Laura Kelly has issued a “stay at home” order for all non-essential businesses and activities until April 19.

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In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Hiawatha World office, 607 Utah St., will be closed to the public until further notice. For questions or concerns, please contact our customer service at 816-271-8500.

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Note: Some church cancellations and changes are listed here, but for a complete list see Page 7/Religion of Friday’s edition, or visit our website or Facebook.

All Kansas school buildings are closing for the remainder of the semester. Each district will implement a comprehensive education package expected to resume by the end of the month.

Hiawatha City Hall has closed to the public. Follow the City of Hiawatha on Facebook to keep up-to-date on city information.

Brown County Courthouse is closed to public until further notice. Go to for office emails and phone numbers and other information.

The Hiawatha Chamber and Visitors Bureau has canceled the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

The Big Kansas Road Trip — scheduled for May 7-10 — has been postponed until Sept. 10-13. Go to the website at for more information.

BCDS Thrift Store is closing indefinitely, due to the emergency in an effort to keep all of its clients healthy.

The Bread Bowl restaurant in Hiawatha will be cancelling dining room service and begin offering take-out and pick-up options at the window and the parking lot and delivery options for senior citizens. Check the Facebook site for updated menu and information.

Lenten Lunches have been canceled for the season.

All masses at St. Ann’s Catholic Church have been suspended until further notice. Confessions will continue on Wednesdays 6-7 p.m. for another month, alternating with St. Leo’s in Horton.

Morrill Public Library is closed until further notice. The digital library is open! Email for questions.

The First Baptist Church is canceling its Sunday morning worship experience for March 22 and 29th and offering this via its website at In addition, all youth activities on Wednesdays are canceled for the remainder of the school year. For more information see Page 7 of Friday’s edition, or go to the church website, or

The Brown County Historical Society Memorial Auditorium downtown museum and the Ag Museum will be closed to the public until further notice. BCHS is working to develop virtual tours.

Due to COVID-19, Arrow Twin Theatre has decided to close March 20-April 13 to ensure health of employees and customers.

Weight Watchers in Hiawatha is going to online meetings until further notice, so there will not be a regular Tuesday meeting.

Craig Foster from the Kansas Commission on Veteran Affairs will not be making his regular monthly stop in Brown County, during the month of March and will reserve decision on April, at a later time. Veterans, their families or survivors who need assistance are encouraged to call or email him: 785-338-2848;

McDonald’s is offering drive-thru service only, effective immediately.

The Hiawatha Chamber and Visitors Bureau is doing business via email and phone at 742-7136 and The office is closed to the public.

Rainbow Communications will limit access to its business office locations to employees only, to try to help suppress the threat of COVID-19. In addition, all service calls that require a service technician to enter the home will be suspended until the COVID-19 threat has been mitigated.

Dollar General store in Hiawatha will be closing one hour early to allow for extra cleaning. In addition, the first hour of shopping will be give priority to senior citizen and at-risk customers only.

Subway in Hiawatha has eliminated dine in, offering carry out and to go orders only, and reduced it’s open hours to 10-7.

New China Restaurant in Hiawatha is closing until further notice.

Walmart has announced a change in open hours to 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in order to clean and stock shelves. They have dedicated an hour of shopping — from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Tuesdays to senior citizens and at-risk customers.

The NEK-AAA office at 1803 Oregon St., is closed to the public, however staff is taking phone calls and emails. Contact them at 742-7152. The transportation service is continuing at this time.

Local banks are implementing walk-in lobby restrictions. Contact your bank for information.

NEK-CAP has closed it’s offices at 1220th 220th Street to the public.

Nursing homes and assisted living homes have closed to visitors. In addition, Maple Grove senior housing in Hiawatha has closed to visitors.

Downtown Hiawatha pharmacies are closing to the public, but will still offer medicine pickup. Customers are asked to call the phone numbers for KexRx and Tice Healthmart and let employees know what they are needing — prescriptions or other items in the store — and provide payment at the door.

Relay For Life — scheduled for June — has been postponed. Organizers hope to use the August date for both the vendor fair and relay.

Lottie’s Restaurant has decided to close until further notice.

First Street Bar & Grill has closed to the public until further notice.

Mainstreet Flower Shoppe has closed to the public. She will still be working on flower arrangement for funerals.

The first Sunday Robinson Community dinners have been canceled until further notice.

Red’s Alehouse in Hiawatha is closing to the public through April 19, due to the governor’s restrictions on allowing more than 10 people to gather.

Wisdom CPAs LLC in Hiawatha has closed its doors to the public during this time, but will still be preparing taxes and assisting customers through email and phone, and virtually through the computer.

Pemberton Village Apartment’s Community Building is closed until further notice to the Public. The Leasing Office is locked and the manager will be available in the office to speak by phone at 742-2253.

The Services for the Elderly taxi service will be closed while the courthouse is closed.

The Senior Citizens Center is closed until further notice.

Hiawatha Family Dentistry is closed until further notice and will rebook appointments as needed. On call for emergencies — call (785) 740-4000 and leave message.

Due to the statewide “Stay at Home” order for non-essential businesses, Just For You Jewelry and Gifts is closed until April 19.

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