Last Updated Wednesday March 18
Some Council services are closing temporarily as part of the authority's wider preparations to focus resources and staff on to the most critical services relied upon by residents.
It follows the Government guidance for people to avoid non-essential contact with others including visits to theatres as part of measures to tackle the coronavirus.
Services closing with immediate effect are:
- The Floral Pavilion Theatre
- Birkenhead Priory
- Williamson Art Gallery
- Wirral Archives
Floral Pavilion staff will now begin the massive task of contacting customers who have purchased tickets for performances, starting with those events which were due to happen soonest.
As far as possible performances will be rescheduled in the coming weeks, although it is likely some may have to be cancelled.
If you require a refund, please can we ask for you not to contact the box office – a member of the theatre team will contact you.
People who submitted work for this year’s Williamson Open Art & Photography exhibition who have been advised to collect their work this week will still be able to until Sunday 22 March as detailed in their notification letter.
Those with work selected for the exhibition will be notified within the next two weeks of the arrangements for their collection.
Cabinet member for community services, Cllr Julie McManus, said: “It is crucial that we ensure our most vital services are able to continue, and this is one of the first steps we will be taking.
“The coming weeks and months are going to be difficult for everyone, and we are all going to have to work in different ways and adapt. We are also going to have to take into account the likelihood that many staff will be affected by the virus – either directly or having to self isolate because a family members is showing symptoms.
“We apologise for the disruption and uncertainty but the health and safety of our audiences, staff and visiting companies is our first priority. We will be posting further statements over the coming days so please check our website and social media as we are unsure how long these measures will need to last.
“Thank you for your support during this difficult time and we will update you when further information is available to us.”