The Tate has announced that all four of their galleries located across Britain will close amid the current coronavirus pandemic.
Following advice from the UK government, the two London institutions; Tate Britain and Tate Modern will close its doors as will the large Tate gallery located in Liverpool and, of course, the fourth location in St Ives, Cornwall.
“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,” the gallery confirmed with a statement posted on social media.
“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.
“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.”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of 16 March, more than 173,000 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 6,600 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 150 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy and Spain, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.