Closures and cancellations in Coventry amid COVID-19 outbreak

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, sadly many Coventry businesses and organisation have had to postpone their events or temporarily close their doors.

The Belgrade Theatre has closed since 16 March, cancelling all its shows until further notice, joined by the Albany Theatre which has also closed its doors.

The Warwick Arts Centre has cancelled its programme of events from 9 until 19 April.

Coventry Pride, and all its events, has sadly been postponed. In a statement, the organisers said: “The safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff will always be of the utmost importance.”

The Festival of Running, scheduled for April, has been rescheduled to a currently unannounced date later in the year. The date change aims to avoid prolonged uncertainty and give participants as much time as possible to adjust training and travel plans.

Organisers of the event said: “We want to bring the very best atmosphere and event to runners and spectators and current circumstances would prevent this.”

“The rescheduling is unprecedented but the wellbeing of all runners, spectators and crew is our priority. We understand that this will be disappointing news for you, as it is for us.”

Coventry University will from Friday, 20 March suspend all face-to-face teaching and instead move its teaching and learning online.

The university’s campus locations will remain open for the time being, however, any upcoming open day events have been postponed until further notice.

In a statement, the university said: “The university is proposing to vary its teaching arrangements due to the exceptional circumstances we are facing beyond the university’s control.

” The exact details of this will be communicated during the course of this week, but it will also mean that assessment, with a very small number of exceptions, will also be online.”

The ODEON Cinema at the Skydome has been closed until further notice. The cinema have said that any tickets pre-booked online will be automatically refunded to the original payment method.

The Wave Waterpark also announced its closure on Tuesday evening, including its slides, Lazy River and Wave Pool, along with the Mana Spa and health suite.

Coventry Cathedral’s gift shop and St Michael’s Tower climb are both closed and services of public worship are suspended until further notice, but the Cathedral remains open as a place of prayer for the community, with the recommendation of observing social distancing.

From 19 March, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and the Coventry Transport Museum will be temporarily closed to visitors.

In a statement, they said: “Although we are unable to offer physical interactions, we will be working hard to develop and share engaging content via our social media channels.”

Coventry City Council on Friday confirmed that the decision was made to cancel the Godiva Festival for 2020 in accordance with the latest Government and Public Health advice regarding Coronavirus.

The Council said the decision was taken after careful consideration and together with partners involved in the popular summer event.

Coventry city centre businesses

The following Coventry shops and restaurants based in Coventry city centre have sadly closed:

  • The Botanist Coventry – since 19 March
  • Zizzi Coventry – since 19 March
  • IKA Coventry – since 21 March
  • Wagamama – since 21 March
  • Nando’s (all Coventry locations) – since 21 March
  • Las Iguanas Coventry – since 21 March
  • The Cosy Club Coventry – since 21 March
  • Bistrot Pierre Coventry – since 21 March
  • Starbucks (all Coventry stores) – since 20 March
  • Primark – from 23 March
  • Waterstones – from 24 March
  • McDonald’s (all Coventry locations) – from 24 March

For further details on any of these cancellations or closures, please contact the individual businesses and organisations.

This will be updated as and when new closures and cancellations are announced.