MORGANTON, N.C. (News Release) — In response to growing concern about the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and in accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the City of Morganton is closing recreation facilities, canceling events and suspending utility disconnections for nonpayment for the next 30 days. CoMMA has canceled the remainder of its 34th season. Exact details on closures are below.
Recreation closures and event cancellations
All City of Morganton indoor recreation facilities are closed until April 17, effective immediately. All City athletics programs have been cancelled as well.
This will affect the Collett Street Recreation Center, Mountain View Recreation Center and the Aquatic Center. All scheduled activities held at these facilities are canceled for the next 30 days.
City of Morganton outdoor parks will remain open, but restrooms at City parks will be closed. We ask that citizens please use common sense if going to a park, and not go out in public if they are ill or showing symptoms of COVID-19.
The City of Morganton Parks and Recreation Spring Break Camp scheduled for April 13-17 at Mountain View Recreation Center, and the Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 4 at Catawba Meadows Park, are both canceled. Planned Senior Trips to The Cove on March 26 and Old Salem on April 16 are canceled. Citizens can call (828) 438-5350 for more information.
Morganton Community House
All events and meetings at the Morganton Community House have been canceled for the next 30 days, per recommendations from the CDC. If you have an event scheduled and have not spoken with Community House staff, or if you have questions, call (828) 438-5364 for more information.
Cancellation of CoMMA shows
CoMMA has canceled the remainder of its 34th season. An American in Paris, Edwin McCain, and Bandstand have all been canceled. CoMMA is in discussions with Edwin McCain to reschedule this show during the 2020-21 season.
CoMMA will be offering a credit to ticket holders for these shows so that they may see a performance during the next season at no additional charge. CoMMA will also be offering the option for ticket holders to donate the cost of their ticket to CoMMA, to support CoMMA’s ongoing mission to bring the arts and world-class performances to Morganton. Lastly, a refund option will be available to ticket holders.
Season ticket holders will be contacted by CoMMA. Individual ticket holders may call (828) 433-SHOW for more information.
Utility bill payments
The City of Morganton is suspending late fees and disconnection of utility services for nonpayment of bills for the next 30 days, effective immediately. Customers can still pay their bills online at morgantonnc.gov, by using our drop boxes located at the front entrance and back parking lot, or by using our drive-thru at City Hall. Customers who have questions may contact our business office at (828) 438-5245.
At this time, City offices will remain open for business, and garbage collection will operate on a normal schedule. Our Utilities, Streets, Public Safety, and Sanitation departments all continue to operate as normal.
This City still plans to hold the Morganton City Council meeting on April 6.
As this situation is fluid, please check back for updates on the City’s Facebook page, Twitter page and website.
The City of Morganton respectfully asks anyone who is ill or sick to stay home. We encourage customers to practice social distancing and conduct any business they may have with the City by phone. You can reach us by calling (828) 437-8863.