Here are changes, cancellations and other updates related to the coronavirus outbreak:
Allen County Department of Health announces changes because of Citizens Square closure
The Allen County Department of Health will be providing services to the public over the phone, through the mail and online at https://www.allencountyhealth.com/, during the closure of Citizens Square beginning Monday.
Clinics at the department's medical annex, 4813 New Haven Ave., will not be affected by the closure at this time and will be operating by appointment during normal business hours, the department said today.
Changes will also be made to public services during the closure.
The city plans to reopen the building on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.
WorkOne Northeast career centers move to appointment-only
All WorkOne Northeast career centers will move to appointment-only services on Monday, WorkOne said today.
In-person group workshops will also be canceled. Virtual workshops will continue to be scheduled.
To make a WorkOne Northeast appointment, go to https://neinworks.org/workone-locations/ to find the phone number of a center nearest to you.
Fort Wayne Ballet cancels in-person offerings of The Nutcracker
The Fort Wayne Ballet has canceled its in-person performance of The Nutcracker, originally slated to run Dec. 4 through 13, in response to the latest Covid-19 guidelines and protocols from the state and local health department.
A recently recorded virtual video of the The Nutcracker will be available for ticketholders and for purchase.
The full-length film will be available to watch online from Friday, December 4 at 6 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. and from Friday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. through Sunday, December 13 at 6 p.m.
CIB meeting canceled
The CIB Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 26, 2020 has been canceled.
Walk to Bethlehem canceled
The annual Walk to Bethlehem event presented by the friends of First Christian Church has been canceled this year because of the pandemic restrictions, a coordinator for the event said today. The organization hopes to put on the event in 2021.
Metro Human Relations Commission offices to close until Jan. 19
The City of Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission is closing its offices to the public from Monday until Jan. 19 because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Anyone needing to begin the process of filing a charge of discrimination may call the office at 260-427-1146 or go to the commission's website at http://www.fortwaynemetro.org/contact-us/general-inquiries.html
Limited business grants available
The city of Fort Wayne is closing the application portal for grants to small businesses inside city limits, but businesses outside city limits can still apply through Dec. 1.
Approved and pending applications from city businesses will exhaust the $750,000 available from federal CARES Act funds provided by the city through the state. About 200 businesses inside city limits are expected to receive grants.
There is still funding available to cover a limited number of additional grants to businesses outside the city limits.
Businesses with fewer than 150 employees may be reimbursed for expenses such as personal protective equipment, sanitation products and some facility modifications and technology investments.
Interested businesses outside the city limits can apply at grant.gfwinc.com.
Citilink cancels free fare days
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Citilink will not provide free fares on Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.
Citilink has provided Free Fare Saturdays during this time for many years. To keep its passengers and employees safe, Citilink said it does not want to encourage overcrowding of buses. Regularly scheduled Saturday service hours will continue.
All Citilink passengers are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing on buses.
For questions regarding tickets, or other information, call customer service representatives at 260-432-4546 or go to www.FWCitilink.com.
Brightpoint closes office to public
Brightpoint's main office at 227 E. Washington Blvd. is closed to the public until further notice.
While the building is closed, Brightpoint staff will be available via phone or email from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon Fridays. To continue serving those seeking utility assistance, child care assistance, and health insurance assistance, applications and required documents can be submitted by email, on the website, by fax, or by delivering them to drop boxes located outside our offices.
Detailed instructions on the options available can be found at mybrightpoint.org.
Brightpoint offices in other counties also remain closed, but there are also drop boxes outside these locations for applications and other documents.
For questions, clients can call 260-423-3546 or 800-589-3506 and follow the prompts for the service about which they are inquiring or go to the website, www.mybrightpoint.org.
Those who need additional assistance are advised to call 2-1-1 or their local township trustee.
City government offices closed
Fort Wayne city government offices will be closed to the public beginning Monday with a projected reopening date of Jan. 19.
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, residential garbage and recycling collection will be pushed back one day. Collection scheduled for Nov. 26 will take place Nov. 27. The collection regularly scheduled for Nov. 27 will take place Nov. 28.
VFW Post 857 to get cleaning
VFW Post 857 is closed until further notice for thorough cleaning and disinfecting according to the guidelines issued by health officials, a news release said Wednesday.
The Marine Corps League Detachment 1435 Pride and Purpose Monthly Pancake Breakfast scheduled for Saturday at VFW Post 857 has been canceled.
The next pancake breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 19 at Post 857.
Adams sheriff's lobby closed
The public lobby at the Adams County Sheriff's Office is closed until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Call the office at 260-724-5345, option 3 or 4, for background checks or firearm permits or payment of tax warrants. There will be no in-lobby inmate visitation. Check the Adams County sheriff's web page for information about inmate visitation.
Holiday lighting events canceled
Pandemic concerns mean no public holiday lighting events will be held next week in downtown Fort Wayne, a news release from the Downtown Improvement District said Wednesday.
But the city's iconic displays are on and ready for residents to enjoy. The displays include Santa and his reindeer at the PNC building, Indiana Michigan Power's Merry Christmas wreath, and the Flagstar trees over Calhoun Street and above the rotunda of the Indiana Center building on Wayne Street.
The lights will remain on through the end of the year.
A map of the of lighting display locations can be found online at HolidayFestDowntown.com.
– Journal Gazette