17 Mar 2020

Leisure centres and theatre to close

The Isle of Wight Council has made a decision to close all of its leisure centres, museums and theatre as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

Following the latest government advice, including social distancing measures, the authority has taken the decision to close the following buildings to the public with effect from close of play tomorrow (Wednesday, 18 March):

• Medina Leisure Centre, Newport.
• The Heights, Sandown.
• Westridge, Ryde.
• Medina Theatre, Newport.
• Museum of Island History, Newport.
• Newport Roman Villa.
• Dinosaur Isle, Sandown.
• Record Office.

All six council libraries remain open but library events and activities have been cancelled from today (17 March). This includes the weekly Rhymetime sessions, craft activities, reading groups and any other activities.

The council will continue to run essential frontline services, including the floating bridge, and further updates on other services and locations will continue to be provided.

Council leader Dave Stewart said: “We are putting all our efforts into keeping our most essential services running during the outbreak.

“Unfortunately, that means that we’ve had to temporarily close some Isle of Wight Council services. We apologise for any inconvenience that may cause, but feel it is essential to help to protect our community and minimise unnecessary travel and social contact during this time.”

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The council has made a decision to close all of its leisure centres, museums and theatre as a result of the Covid-19 crisis
The council has made a decision to close all of its leisure centres, museums and theatre as a result of the Covid-19 crisis
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  • A number of council buildings will close to the public from tomorrow.
  • The council will continue to run essential frontline services.
 
Isle of Wight, UK