Weekend News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on March 14, 2020
Trump on Friday declared a national state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic.
The President is now encouraging lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to pass the coronavirus relief package.
Trump tweeted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act has his full support.
He says it will follow his direction for free tests and paid sick leave for impacted American workers.
Trump noted he also told the Labor and Treasury secretaries to issue regulations that will keep small businesses from getting hurt.
President Trump also declared this Sunday March 15th will be a National Day of Prayer.
Trump said, “We are a country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these.”
In a second tweet, he added, “together, we will easily prevail.”
The list of local establishments and organizations that have postponed or cancelled events over public health concerns continues to grow.
The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce has announced they are not going to hold the Home Show at Falleti Ice Arena as planned.
Chamber President Tom Turnbull said that due to the Governor’s ban on gatherings of 500 or more people the Chamber will be postponing the Home Show until later this year at a time when (and if) the pandemic ban is lifted.
Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of the Buffalo Diocese has temporarily dispensed the Catholic faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days during the coronavirus threat.
The Batavia Indoor Soccer Tournament scheduled for this weekend is cancelled. The New York State Public High School Athletic Assocation winter regional and state championships will be postponed indefinitely.
Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Volunteers for Animals scheduled for Saturday March 14th has been cancelled as well as the Taste of Notre Dame scheduled for next Saturday Mar 21st.
The Museum Quilt Guild is cancelling their March 21st meeting and Community Service Day. Le Roy Village Green have implemented visitor restrictions and screens for staff and essential visitors.
Premier Genesee Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation has banned visiting March 25th. Genesee Community College is closing classrooms through the 18th to resume via remote on March 19th, through the end of the semester.
All inmate visitation is suspended at the Genesee, Orleans and Livingston County Jail facilities until further notice.
Check our School closings and cancellations page for the latest.
Tune in to a special edition of Main & Center on Monday morning.
Dan Fischer hosts Corona Virus, Local View” with guests from Genesee County Health Department and Daniel Ireland, President of United Memorial Medical Center.
WBTA is devoting the entire hour to what you and your family need to know about the Covid 19 virus.