An image of Hurricane Laura from the International Space Station on August 25, 2020.

An image of Hurricane Laura from the International Space Station on August 25, 2020. 

Updated 1:15 p.m. Aug 26

Houstonians are bracing for Laura, a Category 3 hurricane expected to make landfall by midnight Wednesday. As to be expected, many events, schools, organizations, and more around town are shutting down to wait out the storm. Thankfully, many places are already closed because of the pandemic (never thought we'd actually be grateful for the pandemic, did you?), but we'll be keeping a running list of who is closing up shop: 

Closures 

City Covid-19 testing sites are closed Wednesday and Thursday. 

Memorial Park will start closing parking lots around 2 p.m. Wednesday. All Houston parks will be closed Thursday because of the storm. 

All City of Houston offices will close at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Glassell School, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and Rienzi are closed Wednesday and Thursday.

The Houston Zoo will be closed to visitors August 26–27. The zoo will make a decision on whether to reopen Friday, August 28, based on weather. 

All Greater Houston-area YMCA locations will close at noon Wednesday until at least Friday; this includes early childhood care. For more about YMCA closures, click here.

The Discovery Green Conservancy has postponed the opening of House of Cards. A new date has not yet been determined.  

The Houston Public Libraries' live-streamed filmmaker discussion with Shola Lynch on her documentary CHISHOLM '72: Unbought and Unbossed, originally scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday on Facebook Live, has been postponed.

METRO Houston will shut down all services beginning 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The Texans are closing NRG Stadium at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday as a precautionary measure. If the weather forces the team's scheduled Thursday scrimmages to be canceled, they'll be rescheduled, Texans coach and general manager Bill O'Brien has stated. 

School Closures

All online instruction, virtual offices, meals, and facilities for Alief ISD will be closed Wednesday through Friday. 

All Aldine ISD schools, facilities, and activities are closed Wednesday through Friday.

Cy-Fair ISD buildings and facilities are closed Wednesday and Thursday.

All HISD facilities will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. August 27 and 28 apartment complex food deliveries have been cancelled. The August 28 food distribution event at NRG has been rescheduled to August 29 from noon to 5 p.m. Pending road and weather conditions, facilities will reopen August 28. 

All Fort Bend ISD activities, including online learning, special education programs, food distribution, and facilities will be closed Wednesday and Thursday (August 26 and 27).

Virtual learning will continue in Katy ISD. The district will make the decision on whether to close on a day-by-day basis. Keep up to date on news here.

Spring Branch ISD will be closed beginning with Tuesday's after-school activities through Thursday. No online learning will take place at this time. A Friday reopening will be determined based on weather and road conditions. 

Spring ISD is closed, including curbside meals and virtual learning, Wednesday through Thursday. 

Rice University has not yet cancelled classes, but the university did share an article on Twitter Tuesday about how its outdoor classroom tents can "withstand hurricane-force winds."

Texas Southern University has not yet announced any closures, but the university does have a hurricane-preparedness guide

University of Houston, as well as UH's satellite locations in Katy and Sugar Land, will move instruction online Wednesday through Thursday. Most on-campus in-person activities and facilities have been cancelled/closed during that time as well. 

University of Houston-Downtown will shut down, including online classes, Wednesday through Friday. 

Houston Community College will close all campuses on Wednesday and will not reopen until Friday. All HCC-related classes and activities are cancelled. 

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