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Cinemas and attractions close across Cornwall

Cinemas and attractions close across Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:31am 18th March 2020. (Updated at 4:49pm 18th March 2020)

Cinemas and attractions across Cornwall have announced closures as Covid-19 spreads.

St Michael's Mount in Marazion is temporarily shut to visitors, effective immediately, because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Trelissick Gardens near Feock will also be closed from Friday.

You can find all the latest updates in our Coronavirus Super Blog here.

"Following the Prime Minister’s advice on Monday 16th March, it is with great sadness that we announce the temporary closure of St Michael’s Mount to the public, effective immediately. 

"This has not been an easy decision and is one that we have made in line with the National Trust’s decision to close all pay-for-entry sites, including houses, cafes and shops.

"At this unprecedented time, the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, island residents and staff remain our priority during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

"We want to thank our incredible team for their understanding and our visitors for their continued support. We hope to reopen our doors in the not too distant future."

St Michael's Mount

Meantime both big cinema chains in Cornwall, WTW and Merlin Cinemas have announced closures.

The Merlin group runs screens in Bodmin, Helston, Redruth, St Ives, Falmouth and Penzance.

It issued a statement via Facebook, saying: "At Merlin Cinemas we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our employees and customers.

"With this in mind and following government guidelines we have made the difficult decision to shut our cinemas as of the close of business today, Tuesday 17th March, until further notice.

"We would like to thank all of our customers and staff for their support recently in these very difficult times.

"We plan to have an urgent management meeting tomorrow and will aim to provide a full update within 48 hours.

"This will include details regarding advance cinema and theatre bookings."

Merlin Cinemas

WTW Cinemas, in Truro, Newquay, St Austell and Wadebridge, will also be closed from Wednesday, March 18th.

In a statement they said: "Rest assured that this is entirely temporary - we'll be back with the Big Screen experience as soon as we're able to re-open.

"All remaining Silver Screen shows in the current season have been cancelled and in addition sales for all event cinema performances have been suspended.

"If you booked tickets online for any event cinema performance that will not be screened, our cinema teams will be contacting you to arrange a refund. If you booked in person at the cinema, we have the opportunity for you to visit us to do this; please see below.

"All of our wonderful staff will have their jobs when we re-open and are currently being paid. We hope you'll join us in saying a big "thankyou" to them for their hard work, especially in the last few weeks while things have been so uncertain. They are all of course looking forward to getting back to work."

WTW  Cinemas

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