COVID-19 - Council Update on Events and Facilities

Wed, 18 Mar 2020

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has issued an update about events and facilities operated by its culture and customer services team, in the light of new guidance issued about coronavirus (COVID-19) by the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England.

The council wishes to stress that this situation will be reviewed on a daily basis.

Bridlington Spa 

All performances and events have now been cancelled until the end of May. The café and box office remain open at this time, but this will be reviewed daily.

For those who have booked tickets for a show that is affected by this change, the box office team will contact those customers directly offering refunds or a credit to customers' accounts. Please be aware that the box office may be receiving a high volume of calls and emails and will get back to customers as soon as possible.

Cafes in council venues

These will remain open at this stage, with customers advised to take precautions.

Sewerby Hall and Gardens

All events are now cancelled until end May, but the house, gardens, zoo and café will remain open. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition will not take place - it is hoped that this can be rescheduled with the Natural History Museum.

East Riding Leisure

Swimming pools, Tone Zone fitness suites and catering facilities remain open as normal, with customers advised to take precautions. However, other elements of individual centre programmes are being reduced or cancelled.

A further, more detailed position statement will be available on the East Riding Leisure website www.eastridingleisure.co.uk

East Riding Libraries and Customer Service Centres

Will remain open with customers advised to take precautions, but all planned activities are cancelled until end May. These facilities will act as information centres.

Beverley Art Gallery and East Riding Museums

Will remain open with customers advised to take precautions, but all events are cancelled until end May.

Community outreach sessions

All events are now cancelled, including all Active Coast events and all Active Withernsea events, and all community-based sessions until end May, when the situation will be reviewed.

Bridlington Farmers' Markets

Will not take place at the present time.

Countryside access team events

All events are cancelled until end May.

Flamborough Lighthouse

Closed until end May.

John Skidmore, director of adults, health and customer services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "As a council, we are following all the Government and Public Health England guidelines to work with the community in the East Riding to protect our customers and staff.

"We will of course work to prioritise those services which are vital for our residents throughout this period. We recognise that these cancellations, reductions and changes will cause inconvenience, but we are sure that the public will understand the need for us all to behave differently over the coming weeks and months.

"I would like to stress that, where our facilities are remaining open, we will be operating stringent cleaning procedures and of course ensuring that customers are able to wash their hands regularly and maintain a sensible distance.

"The council will issue regular updates via its website and social media channels and through the local media to ensure our residents, businesses and the communities we serve are fully up to date as the situation changes and develops over the coming period.

"This is an unprecedented situation and is changing on a daily basis. The council is in regular contact with the Government, Public Health England and its partner agencies."

For more information visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/living/health-and-wellbeing/coronavirus

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