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The Hawth Theatre in Crawley closes due to COVID-19 concerns

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It has been announced that from today Tuesday 17th March and until further notice The Hawth Theatre will be closed.

They say that all events, classes, screenings, shows and any other activities scheduled to take place at The Hawth will be suspended from this time onwards.

They go on to say:

“With regards to tickets and refunds, we are dealing with each show on an individual basis in consultation with the promoters and agents and for those of you with tickets, we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Please be assured that we are working as quickly as possible to understand the implications of this closure and to put the appropriate steps in place. We respectfully ask all customers to refrain from contacting our box office team or visiting the venue.”

They add that they know the decision will come as a disappointment but that it was taken to protect the ‘health and safety of our communities’.

They also say that it is unclear for how long the theatre will remain closed but they hope to keep people updated as soon as possible.

A spokesperson for Crawley Borough Council said:

In the interest of preventing the spread of Coronavirus and keeping our residents, visitors and animals safe, we have taken the decision to close Tilgate Park Nature Centre and The Hawth for the foreseeable future.

We are keeping other facilities across the town under review and will make further announcements when necessary.

Apologies for any disappointment caused, however public safety is our first priority. Anyone who has booked an animal experience at the Nature Centre and use of The Barn, will be contacted about your booking and refunded or rescheduled as appropriate.

Anyone who has purchased tickets for an event at The Hawth should wait to be contacted.

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Crawley businesses take out over £90m in loans to survive COVID-19

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Statistics released by the Government have revealed the true extent of lending taken up by businesses across Crawley.

According to a release from the office of Crawley’s MP Henry SMith, businesses across Crawley have benefitted from £92,721,494 worth of loans since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.

This includes 1,724 Bounce Back Loans worth £51,495,006 and 102 loans at a value of £41,226,488 through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme.

The number is part of the vast number that have been taken out throughout the whole of the south east of England, where a total of 175,946 Bounce Back Loans, worth £5,269,988,799, and 9,026 Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans, worth £2,154,703,689, have been provided to support businesses across all sectors, protecting jobs and livelihoods.

Crawley MP Henry Smith said;

“This year has been hugely challenging for businesses in Crawley, but these latest figures demonstrate the scale of support that the Government has put in place to protect livelihoods and businesses.

“Never has the Government’s agenda to level up the whole county been so important. I’ll continue to focus on supporting hardworking families across Crawley.”

With cases still rising and worries that more areas across the country may enter tighter restricttions, the Chancellor has also announced that the Government’s Job Support Scheme will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions, alongside increasing the cash grants to businesses in England required to shut in local lockdowns to support with fixed costs – worth up to £3,000 per month.

So far, the Government has provided over £200 billion throughout its economic response to coronavirus to support jobs and businesses in the UK.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, commented;

“Our support for businesses and workers has provided a lifeline to employers up and down the country, supporting people to stay in jobs and protecting livelihoods. “We will build on this as we move to the next stage of our recovery through the Winter Economy Plan, which will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the months ahead.”

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