Coronavirus: Sports activity suspended at Sunderland's Beacon of Light
Sports activity at Sunderland’s Beacon of Light has been cancelled to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Sunderland AFC’s charitable arm The Foundation of Light, which runs the Beacon, has decided to axe all sessions until further notice.
A statement released on Wednesday, March 18 said: “Our primary concern is the safety and wellbeing of all our participants, guests, visitors and staff.
“As a result, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend all sports activity at the Beacon of Light until further notice and the public will no longer be able to make bookings.
“As home to Beacon of Light School and Siblings Nursery, the building continues to operate in line with government guidance on schools and colleges – the Beacon of Light School and Siblings Nursery continue to operate as normal. Any queries should be directed to them directly.
“We appreciate all the support and understanding from our customers and partners at this really difficult time and thank you for your patience.
Follow our live blog for all the latest on the coronavirus
The Beacon will operate reduced hours between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and will be closed at weekends with immediate effect.
Fausto Coppa will close to the public from today, Wednesday, March 18.
All birthday party bookings will be postponed from today until further notice and customers will be contacted directly about alternative dates.
All Beacon of Light five-a-side leagues have been postponed.