In light of the ongoing situation the United Kingdom faces with Covid-19 and in line with medical advice, Chapter Arts Centre has closed with immediate effect until 19th April 2020.
In a statement on their website, they say they haven’t taken the decision lightly:
“This has been a very difficult decision to make but the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic is now at heightened levels and the health and safety of our audiences, customers, staff, volunteers, performers, artists and tenants is our number one priority. We believe that to temporarily close to the public is the best decision based on current advice.
“In the last week or so, many film release dates have been moved forward and productions have been cancelled. It has become practically impossible for Chapter to plan, programme, market and deliver its artistic programme with any degree of certainty. Furthermore, our central social space – the beating heart of Chapter – has become significantly less busy than usual. This, together with social distancing becoming increasingly important in the tackling of this crisis, has made it effectively redundant as a community hub.
“We realise that our decision has consequences for many other artists, businesses, organisations and members of our community and we are working hard behind the scenes to try to limit the impact on them and the wider sector.
“We will continue to monitor the situation daily. Any updates to our service will be posted via our e-list, our website www.chapter.org and on our social media channels.”