In light of new advice from Public Health England surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses around the UK are closing temporarily and events being cancelled or postponed.
Here are the UK businesses that are now closed and the events that are cancelled:
Music and arts festival Glastonbury has announced it is postponing this year's festival until 2021 in light of the pandemic.
A statement posted to the website read: "We are so sorry to announce this, but Glastonbury 2020 will have to be cancelled, and this will be an enforced fallow year for the Festival.
"Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event, but following the new government measures announced this week – and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty – this is now our only viable option.
We are so sorry to announce this, but we are going to have to cancel Glastonbury 2020. Tickets for this year will roll over to next year. Full statement below and on our website. Michael & Emily pic.twitter.com/ox8kcQ0HoB— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) March 18, 2020
"We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved enormously by the end of June. But even if it has, we are no longer able to spend the next three months with thousands of crew here on the farm, helping us with the enormous job of building the infrastructure and attractions needed to welcome more than 200,000 people to a temporary city in these fields."
The statement continued: "We understand that it is not always easy to secure a Glastonbury ticket, which is why we would like to offer all those people the chance to roll their £50 deposit over to next year, and guarantee the opportunity to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2021.
"Those who would prefer a refund of that £50 will be able to contact See Tickets in the coming days in order to secure that. This option will remain available until September this year. For those who are happy to roll their deposit over, that will happen automatically."
Read the full statement on the website.
Chelsea Flower Show
The RHS announced today (17 March), following the government update last night (16 March), it has decided to cancel all RHS Shows, garden events and school visits until 30 June 2020.
An official statement read: "This is a worldwide unprecedented and challenging time for so many people and of course the health and safety of our members, visitors, exhibitors and staff remains our number one priority.
Following the Government update on 16 March and the ongoing situation with COVID-19, all RHS Shows, Garden Events and school visits will be cancelled with immediate effect until 30 June 2020. RHS Gardens remain open, with a number of increased precautionary measures in place.— The RHS (@The_RHS) March 17, 2020
"With the Government no longer supporting mass gathering events due to the impact on emergency services and heightened actions to encourage social distancing, the following RHS Shows will regrettably no longer take place in 2020:
- RHS London Spring Launch & Orchid Show, 7-8 April
- RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show, 17-18 April
- RHS Flower Show Cardiff, 17-19 April
- RHS Malvern Spring Festival, 7–10 May
- RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 19–23 May
- RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, 11–14 June
- RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show, 26-28 June (we will investigate if RHS Harlow Carr Flower Show can be moved into July)
The RHS has said it will be in touch with anyone who had purchased a ticket to a cancelled event and will be offering them a full refund.
For more information see the RHS Chelsea Flower Show website.
Tate art galleries has announced all four galleries in the UK will close until 1 May, following new advice from Public Health England in light of the
Announcing the news on Twitter earlier today (17 March), the business wrote: "The safety of our staff, visitors and community is our top priority. So, in line with the latest advice from Public Health England, Tate's four galleries will all be temporarily closed from this evening until 1 May.
The safety of our staff, visitors and community is our top priority. So, in line with the latest advice from Public Health England, Tate's four galleries will all be temporarily closed from this evening until 1 May. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/YaFi28HXm9— Tate (@Tate) March 17, 2020
"We will continue to share the joy of art on our feeds during this uncertain time and hope that wherever you are, you find moments of beauty in your day. We look forward to welcoming you back to Tate when we reopen. Until then, let’s look after each other.
"If you have purchased tickets to an exhibition, you may choose to donate the cost of your ticket to Tate, rebook for a future date or receive a refund. Our ticketing team will be in touch with you via email in the coming days."
The closure comes after the government's announcement last night (16 March). The government is now asking those in a household with someone who has a cough or a fever to stay at home for 14 days, as well as asking everyone to work from home if possible, limit all unnecessary social contact and avoid pubs and restaurants.
The British Museum
London's British Museum has also announced that it will close temporarily starting 18 March but could not say when it planned to reopen.
Director Hartwig Fischer said: 'The British Museum will be closed temporarily. We have taken this decision with a heavy heart but our absolute priority is the health and safety of staff and visitors. At present we do not know when we will be able to reopen but we hope to be able to provide further updates soon.'
The museum said refunds will be offered if exhibitions are cancelled but asked for ticket holders to consider their ticket purchase as a donation to the Museum.
For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7323 8181.
The information above is correct at the time of publication. Advice may change so stay abreast with guidance.
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