Council closes public facilities

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has issued further updates about facilities and events in the area in light of guidance about Coronavirus.

Monday, 23rd March 2020, 12:06 pm

The council, which stresses rules could change daily, is also exploring ideas for a range of things that residents will be able to do during these closures, and more details will follow in the coming days and weeks.

All East Riding Leisure Centresclosed completely from 4pm on Friday March 20 until further notice.

This does not include The Hut at Withernsea. Access to the library and Customer Service Centre at East Riding Leisure Haltemprice will be maintained during staffed opening times at the library. For full details, visit

All memberships and swimming lesson payments will be automatically suspended until the leisure centres reopen, and direct debit payments will not be taken.

East Riding Museums (Beverley Art Gallery, Beverley Guildhall, Goole Museum, and Skidby Mill) closed from 4pm on Friday March 20 until further notice. The café in the Treasure House is closed.

East Riding Archives closed from Friday, March 20 until further notice.

Libraries and Customer Service Centres will remain open at this time with customers advised to take precautions but all planned activities are cancelled until end May. These facilities will also act as information centres.

Sewerby Hall and Gardens events are now cancelled until end May, but the gardens and open spaces will remain open, free of charge.

The house itself, the zoo and the cafe is closed. Worklink Nurseries in the Walled Garden is closed. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition will not take place – it is hoped that this can be rescheduled with the Natural History Museum.

All events are now cancelled, including all Active Coast events and all Active Withernsea events, and all community-based sessions until end May, when the situation will be reviewed.

Bridlington Farmers’ Markets will not take place at the present time and Countryside access team events are cancelled until the end of May.

Flamborough Lighthouse is closed until the end of May and Parkruns are now cancelled until further notice.

Artwaves Festival 2020 in Bridlington has been cancelled.

John Skidmore, director of adults, health and customer services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “As a council, we are following all the Government and Public Health England guidelines to work with the community in the East Riding to protect our customers and staff.

“We will of course work to prioritise those services which are vital for our residents throughout this period.”

“We recognise that these significant closures will cause inconvenience.”