Harry Potter Studio Tour will temporarily close due to coronavirus

Joe Anderton
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

From Digital Spy

The Harry Potter Studio Tour just outside of London has been temporarily closed due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.

Warner Bros Studio Tours announced the news on Twitter, writing: "While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) at Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of the health and well-being of our visitors, employees and community partners, we have made the decision to temporarily close the Studio effective from 8pm on Monday, March 16 2020.

"We will continue to monitor the situation closely, please refer to wbstudiotour.co.uk for further updates on a date when we will reopen."

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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Those who have booked tickets will receive a refund, rather than rescheduling.

"For any tickets booked between March 17 – April 3, a full refund will be provided. A member of our Visitor Services Team will contact you within 72 hours of your intended visit date to arrange a refund. If you have purchased tickets or transportation packages via a third-party company, please contact them directly.

"We are expecting high call volumes, there is no need to contact us if you have an existing booking as we will be in touch."

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Earlier in the week, Daniel Radcliffe had to deny that he had tested positive for coronavirus. After being shown a tweet stating "Daniel Radcliffe becomes the first famous person to contract coronavirus" he was surprised but explained: "I think it's just because I look ill all the time so you can believably say it about me 'cause I'm very pale. That's the internet. Flattered they chose me."

Because of the coronavirus, Disney have closed their theme parks, and multiple sporting and gaming events like E3 have been cancelled as well.

If you need support regarding coronavirus, you can read the World Health Organisation's guidelines for proactive protection. If you're in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while US users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Advisories on public health can also be found here.

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