West End Theaters to Shut Down Until Late April Over Coronavirus Crisis

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered British cinema and theatre bosses to close down starting March 20 night in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19.

AceShowbiz - West End theatres will be shuttered until at least 26 April, according to new guidelines.

Officials at the Society of London Theatre have shut down over 40 London venues and they insist performances won't start up again until late next month.

"The theatre industry is lobbying Government for a clearer timeframe on closures...," a statement reads. "We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy."

Broadway theatres in New York have also closed down as city and state leaders attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

British cinema and theatre bosses were told they must close on Friday night (March 20) during a press conference hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Pubs, bars, restaurants and gyms are subject to the same order.

"I know this goes against the freedom-loving instincts of the British people," Johnson said. "We will get through this."

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