Coronavirus in Leeds: Council-run leisure centres, museums, galleries and venues to close

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Coronavirus in Leeds: Council-run leisure centres, museums, galleries and venues to close

Last updated: Wednesday, 18 March, 2020, 19:47

  • All Leeds schools to CLOSE on Friday
  • Two patients being treated for coronavirus at Leeds hospital
  • UK cases rise to 2,500
  • Leeds City Council closes museums, galleries and venues
  • Government announces "unprecedented" £350 billion package of support to help businesses survive

Council issues statement as all schools to CLOSE except for children of key workers

Saleem Tariq, Leeds City Council director of children and families, said:

“Following this recent announcement by the Government, we will continue to work closely with schools, academies, children centres and other learning settings to navigate through this unprecedented situation.

“Our priority now is to ensure that we are collectively able to support the most vulnerable children, young people and families in our communities at this extremely difficult time, and we will be liaising with headteachers to develop plans to ensure that our most vulnerable learners and the children of keyworkers can continue to attend school. 

In addition, we are already putting plans in motion to continue to provide free school meals and any other additional support required to ensure the health and wellbeing of young people in the city.

“I want to thank all school and learning staff in Leeds for everything they have done and continue to do for pupils and their families in these highly challenging times.”

Sam Fender cancels First Direct Arena tour date

BREAKING: All schools in the UK to close

Schools in England will close from Friday until further notice for all pupils except children of key workers and the most vulnerable.

BrewDog launches drive-thru service for beer in Leeds

Becky Hill headline show in Leeds cancelled

In light of the current outbreak of COVID-19, Becky Hill has announced that her headline dates in March & April have been cancelled, including her show at Leeds Stylus on the 27th March.

They have tried to reschedule but can't due to dates later in the year and tickets will be refunded.

Food chains offering free drinks and discounts to NHS staff

  • McDonald's said all emergency services personnel and health and social workers in the UK would be able to collect free drinks at all restaurants while Government guidance allows them to stay open.
  • The official Pret Twitter account said hot drinks would be "on the house" for all employees with a valid NHS staff card, and discounts are being offered on food.
  • WHSmith also said it would be doubling the NHS staff discount on food and drinks to 20% in all its hospital stores from Thursday.

Total number of UK cases hits 2,500

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has risen to 2,626 as of 9am today, according to the website.

The rise is up from 1,950 at the same time on Monday. 

A total of 56,221 people have been tested in the UK, with 53,595 negative results.  

A Leeds primary school headteacher has agreed to open up his school's kitchens so food can be prepared for those in need across the city in the event of a coronavirus shutdown

Leeds Triathlon postponed

The Leeds round of the World Triathlon Series, due to take place on June 6 and 7, has been postponed

LISTED: Every school in Leeds hit by closures today

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