Several cultural centres in Harrow have been forced to close temporarily due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Harrow Council announced that the borough’s libraries, as well as Harrow Arts Centre (HAC) and Headstone Manor and Museum, have shut their doors for the time being.

It comes following government advice about social distancing amid the spread of covid-19.

The council confirmed that it will review the situation at the end of April but, at present, it had to consider the safety of its residents.

A statement from HAC said: “Covid-19 will have significant financial implications for HAC and we are asking our audience members, if at all possible, to transfer the tickets to postponed shows to the new date offered or allow us to apply a credit to their account to enjoy a future show of their choice.

“We are also asking our hirers to first consider moving their bookings to a later date. If these options are unsuitable for any customers, we will offer a refund.

“Thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we continue to work closely with the community.”

Harrow Leisure Centre could follow suit and close later this week or early next week, with the council planning to keep users updated as and when it can.

It added that it is reviewing plans around school closures – which were announced by education minister Gavin Williamson last night – and what this will mean for the borough’s key workers.

Those living in Harrow are encouraged to visit the council’s website for regular official updates relating to coronavirus.