AELTC closes Wimbledon Museum, Tours, Shop & Community Sports Ground


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AELTC closes Wimbledon Museum, Tours, Shop & Community Sports Ground

The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) has closed the Wimbledon Museum and Tours, Shop, and Community Sports Ground but they are still planning for The Championships to be held from June 29 - July 12. Last Thursday, the ATP announced that it was suspending the men's professional Tour for the at least six weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak but many believe there won't be any events before June, when the grass season is scheduled to start.

"The AELTC is continuing to monitor and respond to the coronavirus situation on an active basis, working closely with the government and the relevant health authorities," the AELTC said in its statement. "Following the government’s recommendation to individuals to avoid any non-essential social gatherings and work from home where possible, the AELTC has taken the decision to close the Wimbledon Museum and Tours, Shop, and Community Sports Ground, while the All England Club and Wimbledon Park Golf Club outdoor facilities will remain open to Members on a partial basis only for the time being.

"At this time, we continue to plan for The Championships and the grass court season, and we intend to maintain the Estate with a limited team onsite, with the rest of our business operations taking place through remote working."

AELTC CEO Richard Lewis hopes Wimbledon will take place when scheduled but underlines that the health of all parties comes at first place. "At the heart of our decision-making is our commitment to the health and safety of our Members, staff, and the public, and we are grateful to the government and public health authorities for their advice and support," Lewis said.

"While we continue to plan for The Championships at this time, it remains a continuously evolving situation and we will act responsibly, in the best interests of wider society. We thank all of our Members, staff, players, partners, contractors and the public for their patience and trust as we continue to navigate this unprecedented global challenge”.