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3Arena, Bord Gáis and more venues announce temporary closures

By Brian Dillon

March 12, 2020 at 2:50pm

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After An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the closure of all Irish schools, colleges, cultural institutions and childcare centres in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus in Ireland, music and entertainment venues around Dublin have announced their temporary closures.

Some gave detail of which shows will be postponed or cancelled.

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre took to their social media accounts to announce their closure and gave detail of which upcoming shows would be postponed to a later date and which shows would be cancelled altogether.

Ludovico Einaudi (due to take place on Thursday and Friday, March 12 and 13) will be postponed along with Leo Sayer (due to take place on Saturday, March 14).

Meanwhile, Carmen (which was supposed to take place between Sunday, March 22 and Saturday, March 28) has been cancelled altogether.

They said, "Rescheduled dates will be announced in the coming weeks. If the rescheduled dates do not suit, you will be entitled to a refund. Those who booked via Phone or Internet can contact Ticketmaster for a refund by submitting a request via https://help.ticketmaster.ie/."

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UPDATED: 26 MARCH 2020 REGARDING POSTPONED AND CANCELLED PRODUCTIONS Following updated Government advice regarding indoor mass gatherings of more than 100 people, issued by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre will now close to the public until 19 April 2020. This includes the theatre's Box Office. In-person visits to our Groups and Access Department are also not permitted during this time. Information on how to contact our Groups and Access Department is listed below. As a result of this closure, the following additional performances are to be postponed/cancelled or rescheduled: RESCHEDULED Offset will now take place on 23-25 April 2021. Oliver Callan will now take place on Thursday 15 October 2020. POSTPONED The Cherry Orchard which was due to take place from 08-11 April has been postponed. Further announcements and updates on this show will be made in the coming weeks. A full list of postponed, rescheduled or cancelled shows can be found on our website through the link in our bio. POSTPONED/RESCHEDULED SHOWS Original tickets purchased for all events remain valid for rescheduled dates which will be notified to patrons on confirmation of new dates. CANCELLED SHOWS All purchases made by Phone or Internet will be refunded automatically by Ticketmaster. Please allow 28 working days for the money to reappear in your account. If it has not appeared within this time, please contact Ticketmaster by submitting a request via https://help.ticketmaster.ie/. If you purchased via Box Office or an Outlet refunds will be available from point of sale. We would ask that you refrain from seeking these in person refunds until 19 April. Bookings made through our Groups and Access Department will be automatically refunded within 5-10 days approx. Our Groups and Access Team will contact all patrons directly. Please refer to our website and social channels for further updates over the coming weeks. For all other queries, please refer to our FAQ found through the link in our bio. We wish to thank all our theatregoers for their continued cooperation during this difficult time and we hope to welcome you to the theatre very soon.

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The 3Arena also made a similar announcement, writing on social media:

"3Arena is currently working with our promoters to reschedule all dates.

Original tickets purchased for all affected events will remain valid for rescheduled dates which will be notified to patrons on confirmation."

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COVID-19 STATEMENT Effective from 12th March 2020 Covid-19 Government Directive issued to cancel all public events until Sunday 29th March of a capacity of 100 people and over. Following the Irish Government directive to cancel all events of over 100 capacity (indoor) and 500 capacity (outdoor) due to take place between now and 29th March, 3Arena has now postponed all affected shows. 3Arena is currently working with our promoters to reschedule all dates. Original tickets purchased for all affected events will remain valid for rescheduled dates which will be notified to patrons on confirmation. 3Arena wish to thank all our customers and staff for their continued co-operation and understanding during this unprecedented time in the interests of health and welfare of all. For updates please visit https://3arena.ie/new-page/important-customer-information

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The Academy also announced their temporary closure, writing, "In the interests of public safety and the safety of our employees, we will, of course, be following the government directive, and as such no events, to include live shows and clubs, will take place until March 29."

Other Dublin venues that have announced their closures include The Button Factory, The Olympia Theatre, Whelan's and the National Concert Hall.

Varadkar made his announcement earlier today in Washington DC, saying, "We have a duty as a society to protect ourselves and above all, to protect others."

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