PEORIA — The naturalization ceremony scheduled for March 20 at Peoria’s federal courthouse has been cancelled due to concerns about spreading the coronavirus.

“This is not a decision taken lightly, and I understand the disappointment many of our new citizen candidates might experience,” said Cathy Geier, judicial assistant to U.S.District Judge James Shadid, in the press release issued Wednesday afternoon.

The next naturalization ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 15.