I received below e-mail from ROH at 16:21pm today.
Following the latest advice from the government, and to avoid contributing to the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we have taken the decision with a heavy heart to close the building to the public, and cancel all events, performances and activities up until 19 April.
These unprecedented circumstances will have an impact on all of us: on you, our audiences, Friends, Patrons and supporters; on our dedicated artists and staff; and on the schools and communities we work with up and down the country. During this uncertainty, we will do everything we can to protect our theatre and artistic companies, and return to a regular footing as soon as possible.
In common with many cultural organisations, the ROH is a charity and almost 80% of our funding comes from audiences: from your ticket purchases and donations, and from the money you spend in our restaurants, bars and shop. We therefore ask that you please consider turning your ticket refunds into valued donations to help the organisation you love to return in the best possible health.
You can keep up to date via the ROH social media channels for updates during this ongoing crisis, as well as announcements on a programme of free broadcasts, including performances, we will bring you during this period of closure.
We thank you for your continued support of the ROH, it is invaluable during these uncertain times.
Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House
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