Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Shuts Down Amid Coronavirus Spread

By David Salazar

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden has closed down in order to take precautionary measures that would prevent the spread of COVID-19. The measure has been made effective immediately.

The company was one of the last major houses in the opera world to shut down its performances.

“The safety and security of the Royal Opera House staff, audiences and artists is of paramount importance and we take this responsibility very seriously. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision with a heavy heart to close the building to the public and cancel all performances in Covent Garden with immediate effect,” the company said in a press statement.

The company also appealed to ticket holders to consider donating them to the company.

“Our employees, permanent and casual, are reliant on the income which we derive through ticket purchases. Without performances it is inevitable that we will become more reliant on philanthropic support and charitable donations,” the statement added. “Where possible, we ask that audiences consider donating the value of their tickets to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation rather than requesting a credit note or refund.”

The statement also mentioned that there will be streams offered on its website in coming weeks. There was no mention of when it would be reopening its doors.