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Events and theatre shows cancelled after PM's coronavirus warning

Photo: Theatre Royal, Bath

Bath's Theatre Royal last night cancelled their performance after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a significant escalation of UK measures in response to coronavirus.

The PM advised everyone in the country to avoid pubs, clubs, restaurants and theatres and to only make essential journeys.

The theatre say refunds are being issued to ticket holders and more details about future plans will be announced later today.

Following the PM's announcement, Bristol Hippodrome say they believe it was the 'correct decision'.

They say there'll be an update about ticket refunds within the next 48 hours. They've also thanked people for their messages of support at what they call a 'difficult time'.

Westlands Yeovil also cancelled last night's show and Yeovil's Octagon Theatre is also postponing productions.

Blandord's Teddy Rocks festival has been delayed until late September and The Cerne Giant festival in Dorset has been postponed this year.

The Dorset County Museum is also pausing its inflatable museum tour of the county.

Our Voice Somerset - and People First Dorset  - which are part of learning disability partnerships  - are both cancelling meetings

Bridgwater's Blake Museum has delayed its opening and cancelled upcoming events.

The Yeovil Chamber Choir has cancelled its show on march the 25th.

Tonight's Yeovil Town Somerset Premier Cup tie against Welton Rovers has been postponed.

The Kingspan Minehead Half Marathon and 10k Race has been cancelled on May 24.

The South West currently has 77 active cases of the virus.

Racing is taking place today at Taunton, but behind closed doors.

Warminster civic centre is now closed and Pavilion Café will close and boats will not be available to hire on the lake until further notice.

Weston Super Mare's 'super half' was pushed back from the end of this month until September 13th

Theatre Royal, Bath
In light of the government’s recent announcement, tonight’s performances of Band of Gold and Crimes, Camera, Action have been cancelled, and refunds are being issued to ticket holders. Further updates regarding future performances will be made (today). We ask for our customer’s patience and support as we work through this difficult situation and would like to reassure everyone that at the Theatre Royal Bath, Ustinov and egg theatres, the wellbeing and safety of our staff, artists and audiences is of utmost priority.

Bristol Hippodrome
In response to the Prime Minister’s statement this evening, advising the UK public to avoid unnecessary social contact, including in theatres, we regret to inform you that shows in all Ambassador Theatre Group UK venues are temporarily suspended with immediate effect. We understand that this decision comes as a disappointment, and a massive inconvenience for those of you already on the way to a venue this evening, but ultimately we all want the same thing: the health and safety of our communities, and we believe this is the correct decision to make. Given the current ambiguity and lack of clarity as to how long our theatres may be closed for, we hope to provide you with an update within the next 48 hours regarding the exchange of tickets. We will be consulting with industry bodies including the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre and the government over the immediate future. For now, we would like to thank you for your understanding and patience, and to recognise the incredible efforts and support of producers, artists, partners and customers over this difficult period.

Dorset county museum
In light of ongoing global situation regarding Coronavirus and as a responsible charity, we have taken the decision to postpone our tour of the Inflatable Dorset Museum around the county and temporarily close the Members Room in Durngate Offices until further notice. The Inflatable Museum events involve a lot of hands on activities so we believe it is important to take this action and play our part in delaying the spread of the virus. This decision has been made to ensure the wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers, a number of which are classified as vulnerable. Although, it is with great sadness to suspend our travels around the county, it is the Museum’s utmost priority to protect our community. We hope to be able to rearrange these events at a later date and will be monitoring the situation closely. Please keep an eye on our website for further updates.

Cerne Giant Festival
It has become clear in the last few days that we in the UK are entering a full-blown epidemic (see the way the vertical scale of the graphs is changing to accommodate the growing numbers). In these circumstances one of the most important things is to not travel around, and one of the objectives of the Cerne Giant Festival has been to welcome people into our Valley. As I've been writing this, the Prime Minister has announced that we should avoid non-essential travel. So we will move the 2020 programme to 2021, and already several of the speakers are booked in for next year! For me, the Giant and what he has to say to us in the 21stC has always been at the heart of the Festival (see our 'about' in the right-hand panel). An age-old aspect of good land husbandry is giving the land a fallow year, when no crops are sown. This has many benefits including breaking the cycle of re-infection of crop diseases. This seems to me totally relevant to our current Covid-19 situation. Maybe we need to all use this period of enforced fallow-ness to reflect on dis-ease in our world, and what we can do to heal it.

Teddy Rocks festival, Blandford 
Teddy Rocks Festival 2020 has moved to: September 18th, 19th and 20th, 2020. Our priority is keeping everyone safe! We need YOU to be ok, we need YOU to feel safe, and sadly that is something we feel we cannot deliver for everyone on our previously selected dates. The whole purpose of Teddy Rocks Festival is to support children fighting cancer. We are here for the vulnerable and it is paramount we keep them safe. We host a lot of children who are undergoing treatment for cancer to the event so they can escape and try to forget about their illness for that day. We feel it is very important to eliminate any risk to these children and vulnerable people that attend our event. To say this week has been testing and emotionally draining would be an understatement. We have been having conversations and meetings all day every day to decide on the right thing to do given the current situation. This festival started in a pub restaurant. We never imagined it would grow into what it has become. It is still the same people and same team of volunteers that we have had from the start. We are not a big company or business, and each year we run our event with the support of sponsors, volunteers and good will. If we do not get the support we need this year, it could well be the last.

Blake Museum, Bridgwater
The museum will not re-open on Tuesday 7th April as planned but will remain closed until it is deemed safe to re-open subject to restrictions which may be in place by the government. Hopefully it can be arranged to have one of two keyholders to check on the museum from time to time to make sure all is well and the building is secure. Unless there is an extreme emergency, everyone is asked to stay away and stay safe.

Yeovil Chamber
The Mighty Handful, Creating a Russian Tradition, Yeovil Chamber Choir regrets to have to inform you that, in the light of the current situation with COVID-19, social distancing and self-isolation, the decision has been taken to cancel the concert scheduled for 25 March. We hope that the event has just been postponed, and that we shall have an opportunity to give the concert later in the year, and introduce people to this wonderful music.

Yeovil FC
Following a request by ourselves and Welton Rovers, Somerset FA have agreed to the postponement of Tuesday's Premier Cup tie. More information will be available in due course. 

Westlands Yeovil and Yeovil Octagon Theatre
We have asked for clarification which we expect in due course, however, we believe as of now, theatre venues should close under government advice and tonight’s screening has been cancelled. We will keep you updated regularly and anticipate a much wider update tomorrow. Please bear with us in these unprecedented times and we ask all ticket holders to avoid contacting our venues directly. The Box Office team will be in touch as soon as possible. For upcoming performances we are in discussions with show producers and will keep our ticket holders informed. The safety and health of our staff and visitors is our number one priority and we will continue follow any recommendations from the relevant authorities and implement all appropriate instructions accordingly. The Octagon Theatre and Westlands Entertainment Venue with both be closed to the public on Tuesday 17th March throughout the day. We will update our website with further information as becomes available:

Taunton Racecourse
Taunton Racecourse shares the same objective as the Government and the wider community, which is to slow the spread of the Coronavirus while maintaining a level of activity which will sustain business – especially the rural enterprises that form the broad base of the horseracing industry (including racehorse trainers, their stable staff, farriers, feed merchants, etc). While racing without a crowd will impact the racecourse financially, the more pressing need is to agree a programme that is sustainable in the light of possible staff absences, including in critical roles, which protects industry staff and supports the wider effort to free up critical public services and to try and maintain some level of economic activity.

Kingspan Minehead Half Marathon and 10k Race 
Chris Spink, race director, said: “It is with great regret that we are postponing the Kingspan Half Marathon and 10K race until further notice.  The race had been due to take place on Sunday 24th May 2020. The health and safety of runners, spectators, stewards and everyone involved in organising the race, is paramount to us and in the light of the recent Government announcements, WHO advice, and the continued uncertainty around the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken what we feel is the only prudent decision in the circumstances. Runners who have already registered will be contacted directly.  They will be able to claim a full refund, or have their entry money transferred to the rescheduled race, or – if they wish – they can choose to donate it to our two chosen local charities for 2020: the Freddie Pring Memorial and the 1st Watchet Sea Scout Group. As tempting as it is to try and set a date now, we are aware that the autumn sporting fixture lists are becoming increasingly crowded with spring events that have been postponed.  In addition, no one can be sure how long it will be before the virus is contained.  We will, of course, let everyone know in good time when a new date is agreed.”

Warminster civic centre and Pavilion Café 
The town council says: "The Civic Centre will be closed to the public. Hirers are being encouraged to roll forward bookings to future dates, take a credit note or accept a refund as appropriate. Town Council Staff will continue to undertake their duties, working from home where possible. Pavilion Café Is to close and boats will not be available to hire on the lake until further notice. Play Areas and Skatepark The Council will continue to ensure health and safety inspections take place. It would be extremely difficult to physically stop people using them, but we ask people to be mindful of Government advice.  (a number of upcoming events are also cancelled).

Weston Super Half 
The organisers of the Howard’s Group Weston Super Half today (Tuesday) announced the postponement of the 2020 Weston Super Half, which was scheduled to take place on Sunday 29 March. The 2020 Howard’s Group Weston Super Half is now scheduled to take place on Sunday 13 September 2020. Rupert Martin, Event Director, said: “The UK, and the world, is in an unprecedented situation grappling with a global pandemic of COVID-19 and public health is everyone’s priority. We know how disappointing the news that we are postponing the event to Sunday 13 September will be for so many; runners who have trained for many months, the charities for which they are raising funds and the thousands who support the race every year. Following the most recent government press conference on the matter, we feel that it is only right to put the health of participants, volunteers, supporters and local Weston residents as our top priority and concern. We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received from our partners – Howard’s Group, The Grand Pier, North Somerset Council and many others as we worked to find an alternative date. The Race is scheduled to go ahead on Sunday 13 September 2020. We know that there will be many, many questions from runners, charities, volunteers and others and we ask you to please bear with us as we work through the detailed planning process to deliver the 2020 Howard’s Group Weston Super Half on its new scheduled date. We will email all runners and charities today and then update them via email as soon as possible."

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