Coronavirus daily updates: Closures, cancellations and postponements

On Monday the government announced significant new measures to try to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

The prime minister urged people to avoid unnecessary social contact, whilst avoiding pubs, bars, clubs and theaters.

As such many have taken the decision to close their doors with many events also being cancelled or postponed.

Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre in 2018 Credit: Press Association
  • Leeds Grand Theatre Opera House and City Varieties

The Grand Theatre in Leeds and the City Varieties Music Hall are cancelling all performances from today. A statement on their website said:

Aerial view of York Minster Credit: Press Association
  • York Minster

The Chapter of York, the governing body of York Minster, today announced that the Minster will be closed until further notice. The decision, which will be reviewed on a regular basis, follows yesterday’s update from the UK Government on the national response to the coronavirus and today’s statement by the Archbishops of York and Canterbury.

  • The Deep

The Deep will close its doors to members of the public from 6pm on Sunday March 22nd.

They are advising people to check their social media feeds for updates.

  • York Theatre Royal

The York Theatre Royal will not be staging any public performances from today until April 11.

York Theatre Royal Credit: Press Association
  • Kiplingcotes Derby

Organisers at the Kiplingcotes Derby, which is the oldest annual horse race in the English sporting calendar, made the decision to cancel Thursday's event last night. They said instead 'one horse will be led around the course to keep the tradition going.'

A riders cross the finish line during the Kiplingcotes Derby March 21 2019 Credit: Press Association
  • Grassington Festival

The board of trustees along with the team of volunteers who stage Grassington Festival which is scheduled to run from June 12th – June 27th, have decided, following consultation and government advice regarding the anticipated spread and peak of the Covid-19 virus, that it is not viable to proceed with the Festival for 2020.

Grassington Festival Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Other venues, festivals and events affected include:

  • Bettys Cafes - closing - but shops staying open

  • York Literature Festival - due to start in 2 days time - postponed

  • York Fashion Week some events have been postponed - Moving Forward with Fashion, Breast Cancer Fashion Show, Silver & Sassy fashion event &Beverley's 10th Anniversary Fashion Show.

  • Springtime Live at the Great Yorkshire Showground on March 28 - one day event cancelled. Currently, the plan is to hold the Great Yorkshire Show on Tuesday July 14 to Thursday July 16

  • Theatre Royal Wakefield - Temporarily close shows to public but cafe and box office will remain open.

  • Northern Ballet, many of our tour venues have taken the decision to close for the foreseeable future. As a result, Northern Ballet regrets that a number of our performances have been cancelled.

  • Skipton Triathlon is postponed until September

  • Royal Horticultural Show, 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.

  • Leeds Art Gallery - will be closing to the public from 5pm today (17 March) until the end of April.

  • International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln - The Trustees have been forced make the decision to close the centre to the public from 17.00 on Thursday 19 th March.

  • Boston Borough Council events - Celebration of Farming, Boston’s Outdoor Cinema, Big Boston Clean Up, 26 March & 30 April - Linked in Local, 25 March & 25 April - Neil Wright talk at Boston Guildhall,11 April - Pilgrim Day at Boston Guildhall - will all be postponed.

  • Grimsby Auditorium - Organisers said after very careful consideration & in collaboration with the promoter, tonight’s show is not going ahead.

  • York Barbican - Bootleg Beetles due to be staged on April 1, 2020 has been postponed until April13, 2021.

  • Hull New Theatre and Hull City Hall - will be closed to the public and all performances cancelled with immediate effect for the next three months.

  • Lincolnshire Heritage Sites - Lincoln Castle,- Museum of Lincolnshire Life, The Collection, Usher Gallery, Gainsborough Old Hall, Lincolnshire Archives. These will all be closed from Wednesday March 18, 2020.

  • Northern Ballet - many of their tour venues have taken the decision to close for the foreseeable future with a number of performances cancelled. Check their website for updates.

  • Tour de Yorkshire 2020 - Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) have made the joint decision to postpone this year's event.

Meanwhile, management at Sheffield, Leeds and Hull's arenas say that whilst events are currently going ahead, they are closely monitoring official guidelines - from today mass gatherings will not be supported by the emergency services.