COVID-19 - Emails - everywhere is closing down
In this time of crisis everywhere is closing down - shops, museums, outdoor spaces, churches, everywhere. It is unprecedented, no one could have ever predicted this - even when Wahu (first epicenter) in China closed down initially no one really expected it to hit the rest of the world - and Europe in particular.
Just a few of the many many emails I received are included below as an example - I could have included many many many more from shops, banks, local businesses etc. The Brighton Early Music Festival highlights the concerns that self employed people won't currently be covered by the Governments packages for the employed. (Edit - Government later announced package for self employed which whilst not perfect or covering everyone is something.)
Chiltern Open Air Museum Closing
This is a local museum reliant on local visitors and money. It is quite understandable they close down during this time but it is hard for them, like it is for so many people.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) is affecting all of us and we want to keep all staff, volunteers and visitors safe. It is with this in mind that we have decided to keep the Museum closed until further notice.
Don’t worry all our animals are still being fed and cared for and we hope to be able to show you pictures of any new lambs as they arrive.
We will be updating our website and social media channels with any further updates or changes.
This is a very worrying time for the Museum because we are a self-funded individual charity. If you would like to support us during this challenging period and help us protect the Museum and the conservation work that has been carried out over the last 40 years then please consider making a donation or buying an Annual Pass.
If you have pre-booked tickets to an event that is cancelled, then we will be in touch over the next few weeks. Our team are working remotely and may not have access to all their usual tools so please be patient with us.
We thank you for your support. Stay safe everyone.
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Chiltern Open Air Museum email dated March 23rd 2020
Brighton Early Music Festival
This is included to highlight concerns about the self employed - in this case musicians - who will not have an income during this pandemic, as they are not currently covered by the Governments packages for the employed, although it is hoped that a package will be announced soon for them.
As some of you will already know, in common with many arts organisations we have had to postpone the concert we were planning for 21 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In these unprecedented times, we have decided to post a virtual concert on the BREMF homepage and the BREMF Facebook page. It will be available from 7.30pm on Saturday 21 March (the original performance date), and will stay on the BREMF homepage until the following Saturday.
This will NOT be the programme we were intending to perform live as we clearly cannot bring the musicians together. However, we have selected a playlist of renaissance music for voices and brass taken from our own film archive of previous BREMF performances featuring The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble and BREMF Consort of Voices, as well as some extra items from ECSE. It will still feature some of the same composers but there will also be some surprises from some of our most spectacular past performances.
As part of this online event - for which access is not restricted - we are appealing to everyone to help us support the musicians who have lost work due to the cancellation of the live event (and many others - this is the tip of the iceberg). We have refunded all ticket monies for this concert, but we're asking our community, whether you would have been able to attend or not, to consider donating all or part of the £18 ticket price to enable us to pay the musicians at this difficult time.
Brighton Early Music Festival email dated March 20th 2020
Restricted open air spaces
Following our message from last week, our response to this unprecedented crisis continues to evolve. Our priority remains to support the national effort to keep people safe and well, helping to fight the pandemic, strictly following the Government’s advice.
Our 2,000-mile network of canals, towpaths, reservoirs, docks and river navigations remain open, but we strongly encourage people to stay local and strictly observe social distancing measures.
Please do not congregate, keep moving, allow space for others to pass, and be very mindful of any boats moored on the towpath where people will often be self-isolating. As this crisis continues we will keep this under constant review and ask everyone to act responsibly.
Canal & River Trust Email, Mar 23rd 2020, sent before Boris Johnson restricted movement further by saying don't out unless you really need to
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