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Leeds City Council Has Closed Their Museums, Galleries, Leisure Centres and Events Venues

· Joseph Sheerin · Discussion

The Council has taken steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Leeds Town Hall

The latest government advice on the coronavirus outbreak has seen Leeds City Council close many of its attractions across the city.

Leeds City Council has taken extraordinary steps to help slow the spread of coronavirus by closing a large number of its buildings and attractions to the public from Wednesday 18th March 2020. It follows official government advice that people avoid social contact outside their home as best as they possibly can.

The closure will be in place for the rest of March and the whole of April, so all events currently scheduled for venues like Leeds Town Hall, Pudsey Civic Hall and Carriageworks Theatre will either be postponed or cancelled. If you’ve got tickets for any of these events, you will be contacted by a member of their Box Office teams. They’ll let you know how to get a refund or transfer your tickets to another performance. You can also contact the Box Office directly via email or the phone, but be prepared for to wait as there will be a large influx of enquiries.

Kirkstall Abbey

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The Leeds City Council closures don’t just cover event venues. All leisure centres and all Council-run Museums and Galleries have been shut down in line with national guidance around managing the impact of COVID-19. Abbey House Museum, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds City Museum, Leeds Discovery Centre, Leeds Industrial Museum, Kirkstall Abbey, Lotherton, Temple Newsam and Thwaite Watermill are now closed to the public and any exhibitions, workshops and classes have been postponed or cancelled.

A spokesperson for Leeds City Council explained, “Our teams on site have been working hard and continuing to welcome the public in recent weeks, but the safety and wellbeing of staff and the people of Leeds is always our first priority. These closures will remain in place throughout March and April. We will be monitoring developments and following government guidance with regards to when it may then be appropriate and practical for us to reopen our sites.”

The closures will not effect all Council-run venues. They’re keeping a small number open for the time being, including markets (like Kirkgate Market) and community hubs. Some libraries are still open, including Leeds Central Library but they have closed branches at Gildersome, Whinmoor, Scholes, Boston Spa, Ardsley/Tingley, Holt Park, Farsley, Calverley, Oakwood, Aireborough, Chapel Allerton, Beeston and Kirkgate Market. All group events at all libraries and community hubs have now been cancelled too.

What will happens at the end of April is unclear for, but keep your eyes on Leeds City Council’s social media channels as they are currently now developing online content for you to use with during the lockdown.

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