Football, Clinics and Events Cancelled due to Coronavirus

13/03/2020

With the number of COVID-19 cases rising to 798 a number of local events have been called off

As public concern continues to grow over the spread of Coronavirus in North Oxfordshire a number of organisations are taking the precautionary step of cancelling their events.

The Banbury Cross Health Centre at the corner of the Bloxham Road and South Bar has cancelled their Monday walk-in clinics for the foreseeable future.   In a statement they said, “As part of the additional infection control measures we are putting in place to protect our staff and patients please note that the Monday walk in clinic is cancelled until further notice.  Thank you to all our patients for your cooperation”.

The Warriner School Farm in Bloxham was due to open tomorrow (Saturday) for a chance to meet the new born lambs and calves.   The event has now been called off.   The organisers said, “Following Government advice and erring on the side of caution we have reluctantly decided to cancel this weekend’s lambing event, as it is a non-essential public gathering.  This does not affect the opening of the Warriner School or existing educational visits to the Warriner School Farm”.

The monthly meeting of the Cotswold Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild in Adderbury, planned for Saturday, has also been called off.

In sport all games in England’s Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship have been postponed.   Locally, Banbury United’s scheduled away match against St Ives Town has also been cancelled.   In addition the future games against Kings Langley and Lowestoft  have also been pulled.   The Southern League issued a statement saying, “Further to discussions this afternoon, a decision has been taken that ALL BETVICTOR SOUTHERN LEAGUE matches will be POSTPONED between Saturday 14th and Saturday 21st March inclusive”.  

Brackley Town’s planned away game against Alfreton Town will still be taking place.   A statement from the National League said, “Following a board meeting held today, the National League has decided to allow matches in its three divisions to proceed as planned this weekend…  The National League will keep the operation of its competition under constant and diligent review, and will remain in compliance with government advice at all times”.

In Rugby the Banbury Bulls already had a scheduled weekend off . The Lions 2nd XV game is off as the opposition have withdrawn from the game. On Sunday the Banbury Belles and Colts are both planning to play but the planned Saturday taster session for girls has been cancelled.  

Meanwhile the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have announced they are postponing next week’s spring tour to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Jordan “owing to the unfolding situation with the coronavirus pandemic”, Clarence House has said.

On Friday afternoon it was announced that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has reached 798 – an increase of 208 over the last 24 hours.  Ten patients who have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK have died.

If you have any information about events affected by Coronavirus in North Oxfordshire please email news@banburyfm.com.


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