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Liverpool Coronavirus Updates: Find out about event cancellations and closures here


Get the latest Liverpool coronavirus updates here.

As the coronavirus crisis worsens in the UK we will be keeping you up to date in and around Liverpool with any event cancellations and closures.

If you are an event organiser, a business owner or work for a school or college and would like to add your update please email us [email protected]. Our latest feed can also be found here.

You can also let us know on social media at either Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

What to do if you think you have coronavirus

  • Symptoms include coughing, fever (high temperature) and breathlessnessBut these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
  • Stay at home and avoid going to your GP
  • Call 111 if you think you can’t cope with your symptoms
  • Remain at home for 14 days and avoid contact with others

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Keep yourself healthy in Liverpool, all the latest health and fitness news for the city is here.

FACT Liverpool

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our community, and this is why FACT has taken the decision to close until further notice. This includes the galleries, cinema, café and bar.

Whilst we are postponing our next exhibition, And Say the Animal Responded?, we will be presenting an online programme of engaging, social and interactive content and resources for you, your loved ones and friends to enjoy remotely.

You can keep up to date by following and connecting with us on social media. If you have a question about refunding or exchanging tickets you purchased in advance, please see below.

During this time we will be honouring all pre-agreed contracts (written and informal) which supports our artists, freelancers, casuals, our incredible cleaning and security teams, and staff.

Whilst we are closed, you can still contact us by emailing [email protected] or calling 0151 707 4444.

We are following official guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England very closely, ensuring we are up to date at all times. We will continue to provide updates as we receive new information.

Thank you for your understanding and support. We look forward to welcoming you to our building when we reopen, but in the meantime, we look forward to connecting with you online.

Peter Kaye's Dance for Life, M&S Bank Arena

Peter Kay’s Dance for Life, due to take place here on 8-9 May, has been postponed. M&S Bank Arena are looking to reschedule the shows so please hold onto your tickets as they will be valid for the new dates.

Ultra 90's Dance, M&S Bank Arena

Ultra 90s Dance Anthems Live, which was due to take place on 3 April at M&S Bank Arena has been postponed. The event has been rescheduled to Saturday 26 September. All tickets will be honoured for this rescheduled date.


Awesome Walls

Latest statement from the team at Awesome Walls here:

“At Awesome Walls, we are not only passionate about climbing but even more so about the safety of our team and customers. In light of communication from the government regarding the spread of COVID-19, we decided to close our centres with immediate effect as of yesterday, Tuesday the 17th March.  At the moment this closure will last until at least the end of March but we will continue to review the situation and heed all guidance relating to small businesses issued by the Government and Health Services.

As of yesterday, all prepaid and monthly billed memberships will be frozen free of charge – meaning you won’t be billed for the time we’re closed.”

Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University has announced that it has made the decision to cancel all public events at its Creative Campus, which includes The Capstone Theatre, until the end of May 2020, in line with Government guidance.

Anyone who has already purchased tickets through TicketQuarter for Liverpool Hope University / Capstone Theatre events will be contacted shortly by TicketQuarter and full refunds will be provided.

Full statement here.

Cruise Liverpool

Due to the majority of cruise lines pausing their operations by either 30 or 60 days, Cruise Liverpool has announced that is likely to see up to 12 cruise calls to Liverpool paused across March, April & May. This will mean no cruise activity on the River Mersey during these months.

Read Cruise Liverpool’s statement here.

Disney On Ice Magical Ice Festival, M&S Bank Arena

M&S Bank Arena has announced the cancellation of Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival, due to take place from March 26th-29th.

An up to date list of all cancelled and rescheduled events at the arena can be found here.

PINS Social Club, Duke Street

PINS Social Club on Duke Street announced today that it was temporarily closing due to the outbreak with immediate effect.

More info on their Facebook page. 

The Beatles Story

The Beatles Story have announced the temporary closure of the Albert Dock based attraction, with plans in place to reopen on Monday April 6th.

Read more here.

Mersey River Festival

Mersey River Festival was due to return to Liverpool’s waterfront. The event has now been cancelled.

More info here.

The Food Market, Exchange Flags

Exchange Flags has announced the cancellation of their ‘Foodie Friday’ events, which were scheduled to take place on Friday 27th March and Friday 24th April

In a statement issued on social media, organisers have said “Foodie Friday at Exchange Flags will certainly be returning – lunchtime every last Friday of the month, as soon as we are all back on track, but for now, our events programme will be postponed until further notice. 

Visit or follow @ExchangeFlags on Twitter for updates.

National Museums Liverpool

All National Museums Liverpool venues have been closed to the public until further notice, in line with government recommendations.

Read their full statement here.

The Night Sky Show, The Auditorium at M&S Bank Arena

The Night Sky Show, due to take place at The Auditorium, M&S Bank Arena on May 9th has been postponed and will now take place on May 28th. Tickets for the original date will remain valid.

More info here

Rick Astley, M&S Bank Arena

In a video update to his followers on Twitter, Rick Astley announced the postponement of his Greatest Hits 2020 Tour. Due to take place at M&S Bank Arena on Friday April 10th, the show has now been rescheduled to Thursday 22nd October. All current tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled show.

Watch Rick’s announcement video here.

Western Approaches

Western Approaches, Exchange Flags has announced that they are to close to the public until further notice.

Read their announcement on Twitter, here.

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse have postponed all shows at both venues until advice on gathering in public buildings has changed.

Full statement here.

David Gray, White Ladder Tour, M&S Bank Arena

David Gray has announced the cancellation of his White Ladder tour, due to take place at M&S Bank Arena on Friday March 20th

David said in a tweet:

“Hello everyone, Due to restrictions put in place to help fight the current coronavirus pandemic we are going to have to follow gvt advice and postpone all my U.K., Irish and European dates. We are currently looking at new scheduling and will provide details when we have them.”


British Gymnastics, M&S Bank Arena Liverpool

Statement from M&S Bank Arena: “The @BritGymnastics Artistic Championships due to take place on 16-19 April has been cancelled, ticket holders will be notified via email and automatically refunded.”

More information here.

Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre - All shows postponed until 5 June

Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre has postponed all shows including ‘Pete Price Is Dead’ which was currently running.

“We will be postponing all public performances until 5 June. The following shows will be re-scheduled: Pete Price Is Dead – October 2020 YNWA – June 2020 Macca & Beth – February 2021 We will contact all who are affected by this.”

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall - All shows cancelled

All shows have been cancelled at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall with immediate effect. Full statement can be found here.

Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock

Tate Liverpool has closed until 1st May releasing the followings statement:

“The safety of our staff, visitors and community is our top priority. So, in line with the latest advice from Public Health England, Tate’s four galleries will all be temporarily closed from this evening until 1 May.

We will continue to share the joy of art on our feeds during this uncertain time and hope that wherever you are, you find moments of beauty in your day. We look forward to welcoming you back to Tate when we reopen. Until then, let’s look after each other Yellow heart.

If you have purchased tickets to an exhibition, you may choose to donate the cost of your ticket to Tate, rebook for a future date or receive a refund. Our ticketing team will be in touch with you via email in the coming days.”

Bongo's Bingo

Liverpool based Bingo’s Bingo has cancelled all of its shows for the next seven days.

Unity Theatre - All shows cancelled

Unity Theatre in Liverpool has cancelled all productions and shows with immediate effect.

Liverpool Empire - All shows cancelled

ATG Group which runs theatres across the UK including the Liverpool Empire has cancelled all upcoming shows with immediate effect including the current run of ‘The King And I’ at Liverpool Empire.

Grand National 2020

Following the Government’s new public health guidance regarding avoiding social contact and stopping non-essential travel, and its statement that emergency services are withdrawn from supporting mass gatherings from tomorrow, the Jockey Club has decided that it is no longer appropriate to stage the event.
Jockey Club Racecourses, which runs Aintree and several of the UK’s leading racecourses, had been assessing the feasibility of running the world’s most famous Steeplechase behind closed doors with minimal staff on site, but the latest government information on the measures needed to contain the virus have led it to believe this is no longer a viable consideration.
Sandy Dudgeon, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said:
“The Randox Health Grand National Festival was just three weeks away and it’s very clear to us it will not be possible for the event to take place. Public health must come first.
“We were working on a plan to stage the Grand National behind closed doors given its importance to the racing industry and beyond, but following the new Government measures confirmed this evening to help to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, this is not a viable option.
“I know this is hugely disappointing news for the many people who work in our sport and the many millions who were looking forward to this year’s event, but very sadly these are exceptional times and this is the responsible thing to do.”

Frank Turner, Liverpool Olympia

Frank Turner was due to perform at Liverpool Olympia on 20th March:

“Hi everyone. My team and I have obviously been following the news like hawks this last week, both at home and abroad, and working day and night to figure out what the best course of action is for upcoming shows. This is super stressful time for everyone, not least in the live music industry, which is facing nothing short of a catastrophe. Looking at shows in the UK, it is with extremely heavy heart that I must announce that all shows as of now are not going ahead – Norwich, Winchester, Exeter, Liverpool and Nottingham. It’s not sustainable for us to continue, it doesn’t feel like the right decision, for us or for the audience, so we’re heading home. I know some will be disappointed by this – trust me, Micah, Jess and I are beyond gutted.

Jamie Cullum, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Jamie Cullum was due to play Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 23rd March:

“I’m sorry to have to announce that due to the rising incidence of Covid 19 and directives from The World Health Organisation I have made the decision to postpone the rest of the UK Taller 2020 Tour. I’m so disappointed to not be able to bring this show to you, which was over a year in the making, but it is very clear to me that this is the best course of action within the current health crisis. When a big tour is out on the road it takes a lot of moves to bring it suddenly to a halt, particularly with no clear directives from our own government. For now, the brakes are on, and we are working on re-scheduling the shows for later in the year, when the universe is in a better place.”

Liverpool St. Patrick's Day Parade

Liverpool’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been cancelled by organisers. It was due to take place on Tuesday 17th March 2020.

Threshold Festival

Threshold Festival was due to take place in the Baltic Triangle, the festival has now been postponed until further notice with organisers saying:

“Our main driving factor behind this decision is social responsibility and the health & safety of the wider community is our number one priority.

We are looking at future dates and will get these confirmed and out there as soon as we can. All tickets purchased for this event will be valid for the rescheduled event.”


The Who at M&S Bank Arena

The Who have postponed their upcoming tour including the date at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena due to the #coronavirus crisis. Ticket holders will be emailed the new date as soon as possible. Full statement here


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