Coronavirus: What’s been cancelled because of the outbreak?

Events which have been cancelled or postponed due to the recent spread of Covid-19.

Cancellations: Events affected by coronavirus.
Cancellations: Events affected by coronavirus.

The coronavirus outbreak is causing disruption across Scotland with a raft of cancellations in response advice on mass gatherings.

With the number of cases rising daily, the Scottish Government is now in the ‘delay phase’ of the crisis in a bid to slow its spread.

This means large-scale public gatherings are now being postponed and cancelled, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon highlighting the need to do so to “remove unnecessary burdens” on emergency services.

Here’s a look at what’s been affected so far:

Football and other sport

  • Sunday’s Old Firm game was postponed due to the coronavirus as the SPFL made a decision to suspend all Scottish football matches until further notice.
  • Rangers will not be travelling to Germany for their second leg fixture against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday. Europa League fixtures have been postponed by UEFA, which also cancelled Champions’ League matches.
  • No professional tennis tournaments will be played anywhere in the world until at least April 20. The ATP Tour has postponed all play for six weeks because of “escalating health and safety issues” arising from the outbreak. Andy Murray had been due to return from injury at the Miami Open later this month.
  • Scotland’s Six Nations clash with Wales was called off due to the spread.
  • ​Scottish Rugby took the decision to cancel the fixture between Scotland U18 and England U18 at Mansfield Park, Hawick. The fixture was due to at take place on Sunday.
  • The Elite Ice Hockey League has announced the cancellation of all remaining matches for this season.
  • Organisers of the World Men’s Curling Championship in Glasgow confirmed the event has been cancelled. It had been due to take place from March 28 to April 5.
  • The Edinburgh Marathon Festival, due to take place on May 23 and 24 has been cancelled. Organisers expect to secure a new date for the event on Monday.

Music and culture events

  • Radio 1’s Big Weekend festival has been cancelled. The annual festival was due to take place in Dundee over the late May bank holiday.
  • Glasgow’s Kiltwalk scheduled for April 26 has been postponed. Bosses said a new date will be announced when the gathering is safe to take place.
  • The Who concert at Glasgow’s Hydro arena on March 23 has been cancelled after the band took the decision to postpone its UK tour.
  • Glasgow’s annual book festival Aye Write has been cancelled. The organisers said it had “become clear we can no longer deliver anything like the festival we had promised”.
  • The annual Country to Country event at the Hydro was axed hours after the Scottish Government announced a curb on mass gatherings. Acts due to appear on stage in Glasgow included Luke Combs and Eric Church.
  • The Jesus And Mary Chain have postponed all UK shows, including their Barrowland Ballroom gig on March 20. Fans have been told to keep their tickets for the rescheduled dates which will be announced in due course.
  • The VisitScotland Expo in Aberdeen, due to take place on April 1-2, has been cancelled after a “significant number of cancellations”.

Schools and universities

  • All schools on the Shetland mainland are to close to pupils for a week from Monday amid efforts to delay the spread of the virus.
  • A secondary school in South Lanarkshire was closed due to a case of coronavirus. Lanark Grammar School was shut by the local authority and health board but is expected to reopen on Monday.
  • Isobel Mair School and Nursery in Newton Mearns will be closed on Monday as after the emergence of a coronavirus case linked to the school. East Renfrewshire Council said the school will reopen as soon as possible.
  • Knockbreck Primary School, and Craighill Primary School, Tain have been closed until further notice. A pupil and a member of staff took ill over the weekend and the circumstances have been assessed by the NHS and the Council.
  • Murroes Primary School in Angus has been closed for a deep clean after a suspected coronavirus case. It will reopen on Wednesday.
  • Glashieburn Primary School in Aberdeen has been closed for cleaning as a precaution after a pupil contracted coronavirus. The campus is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday.
  • Dunblane High School will be closed to all pupils and staff from Monday after a pupil from the school tested positive for coronavirus.
  • The University of the West of Scotland is asking students not to attend their campuses in Paisley, Ayr or Lanarkshire. Staff will be required to continue to attend campuses as normal in order to support students.
  • Glasgow University has cancelled on campus exams in April and May. Arrangements are being made for assessments to be completed remotely. The university has also taken the decision to cancel all face-to-face teaching, a decision which comes as three people at the university were confirmed as having coronavirus.
  • All classes at Edinburgh University have been cancelled with exams to take place at home.
  • Aberdeen University suspended all face to face teaching from 6pm on Friday. Dundee and Strathclyde universities have followed suit and cancelled face to face teaching from Monday.
  • Stirling University have cancelled face to face teaching and “physical exams” for all students.
  • Glasgow Caledonian University will also be closed from Monday with students advised to stay away from campus. Online classes will begin on Monday, March 23.
  • All overseas school trips in Scotland are cancelled.

Politics

  • The Scottish Parliament will be closed to visitors.
  • The SNP has cancelled its spring conference, due to be held later than usual in June in Edinburgh, while the Scottish Conservative party has done the same for its planned mid-May conference in Perth. It follows the Scottish Green party cancelling its spring conference in Kirkcaldy scheduled later this month.

Other cancellations

  • The offshore oil and gas industry said installations will be placed on immediate lockdown if a worker on board tests positive for coronavirus.
  • Loganair has announced a reduction in its flights after a “marked drop” in bookings.
  • Airline Jet2 cancelled all flights to Spain with immediate effect from Saturday for a minimum period of seven days. The airline has also suspended flights to Krakow, while Ryanair cancelled all flights to and from Poland.
  • Renfrewshire Council has cancelled all large-scale council-run events until the end of June, including the Paisley Food and Drink Festival and the British Pipe Band Championship.

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