Iconic London pub and music venue, The Lexington, has announced its decision to close “indefinitely” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have been following the developments of the global pandemic extremely closely over the past few weeks and our position has always been to do what we think is safest for all of our staff and customers,” they said in a statement.
“With that in mind and the developments over the last few days, we will remain closed indefinitely.”
The continued: “We will continue to monitor the situation closely, will endeavour to reschedule as many gigs as possible and when the time comes to reopen we will be looking forward to welcoming everyone back for a well earned drink and a dance. For those who have gig tickets through March and April, refunds can be obtained from point of purchase.
“In the meantime, stay strong, stay healthy and stay happy. Our thoughts are with everyone and we will miss you all immensely.”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 19th, more than 220,313 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 8,980 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.