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Kirklees' museums and galleries close "to contain the spread of the virus"

But Council Leader Clr Shabir Pandor says funerals will continue to take place at cemeteries and crematoria.

Museums and galleries in Kirklees will close from tomorrow until further notice as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Events in all council buildings will also be cancelled along with those planned in council-owned public spaces and parks.

However funerals will continue to take place at cemeteries and crematoria, with live-streamed services offered to assist with social distancing and to protect the vulnerable and over-70s.

Libraries and town halls across the borough will remain open, as well as Oakwell Country Park.

Council Leader Clr Shabir Pandor said: “This is a decision we have now had to make in our efforts to contain the spread of the virus and keep our staff and residents safe.

“The challenge we all face is much bigger than Kirklees Council, it’s a real community effort.”

The council is responding to the latest government advice on coronavirus by making the decision to close museums and galleries until further notice.

As of 4.30pm on Thursday (March 19) the registration service based in Huddersfield and Dewsbury Town Halls will remain open but all necessary precautions to limit the risk of spreading COVID-19 will be in place.

Kirklees Council is contacting anyone who has hired a hall or booked an event in any of its venues or parks to let them know about the changes.

The authority will work with couples who have booked weddings during the coming weeks and months to see how it can support them to include social distancing measures or to postpone should they wish.

Anyone who has bought a ticket for a show or event will be reimbursed to the card they used for the transaction, and the council is contacting people who paid cash to arrange a refund.

Clr Pandor added: “We are working hard and doing everything we can to keep you as safe as possible.

“Public health and the well-being of all our residents is my top priority.

“These really are once in a lifetime challenges and the most important thing for us all to do is pull together and look out for each other.

“As I have said before, our strength is in our togetherness and that is more important now than ever.

“The community spirit we are already seeing is truly inspiring with local people volunteering their time to help others.

“We will continue to do what we do best – work together and help those that need us most.”

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