Ipswich council closes most of its public buildings

PUBLISHED: 11:46 17 March 2020 | UPDATED: 07:57 18 March 2020

Christchurch Mansion is closed but people can still go for a walk in the park. Picture: ARCHANT

Christchurch Mansion is closed but people can still go for a walk in the park. Picture: ARCHANT


Ipswich council has closed its major public buildings – except the town’s Cemetery and Crematorium – as the nation steps up the fight against coronavirus.

This includes the Regent Theatre, Town Hall and Corn Exchange, swimming pools and sports centres, the Tourist Information Centre, the visitor centres in Christchurch and Holywells parks and the museum, art gallery and Christchurch Mansion.

Car parks, the cemeteries and crematorium and our parks will remain open as will Grafton House (although the public should contact the Customer Services Team online or 01473 432000 rather than visit Grafton House or the Customer Service Centre).

The official closure is for seven days while council officials look at how to deal with the coronavirus crisis – but most people expect it to last much longer in line with the government’s advice on holding meetings of large groups of people.

Core services such as refuse collection and the HEARS service will be maintained.

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Parks will remain open so people can go for walks or exercise their pets – but they should be guided by public health advice to keep their distance from other members of the public.

People with tickets for shows at the Regent or with bookings for sports events should visit the borough website although a spokesman for the council warned it could take some time to come through because of the strain on council business.

Meanwhile Cineworld has announced all its cinemas across the country will be closed from Wednesday.

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