Leeds City Council has announced all of its leisure centres, museums, galleries and venues will be closed from Wednesday, March 18, due to the coronavirus pandemic, writes Richard Beecham.
This is set to affect Leeds Town Hall, The Carriageworks, Pudsey Civic Centre and all leisure centres, including Armley, Kirkstall and Pudsey.
The closures are set to remain in place across March and April and, while it is not known when they will reopen, the council has confirmed it will follow government guidance on the issue.
The authority added that council-run markets – including Pudsey – libraries and community hubs will remain open to the public for the time being, but group events or activities will not be held in community hubs and libraries until further notice.
A spokesperson for Leeds City Council said:
“We continue to follow national guidance around managing the impact of coronavirus in Leeds, and will therefore be closing a large number of our buildings and facilities to the public from tomorrow morning.
“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.”
Independently run Bramley Baths currently remains open.