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Eden Court remains open as chief executive James Mackenzie-Blackman says 'We believe we are doing everything that is required' in face of COVID-19

By Margaret Chrystall

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EDEN Court in Inverness has announced it will be continuing events as usual.

Chief executive James Mackenzie-Blackmanreleased a statement about the venue on Friday: "We have, over the past weeks, provided information to all our staff and implemented precautionary measures regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus. We believe we are doing everything that is required to ensure that we are supporting the health and wellbeing of our customers and staff members.

"The Scottish Government yesterday announced that from Monday all large gatherings above 500 people with the potential to impact the emergency services should be cancelled to prioritise the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

"At the current time Eden Court does not expect our operation to be affected by this announcement and as such we remain open and committed to delivering our classes, cinema and live performance programme.

James Mackenzie-Blackman
James Mackenzie-Blackman

"We are monitoring the guidance and government announcements closely and will act appropriately and promptly to any new advice. The health and safety of our staff, audiences, artists and those who take part is our number one priority."

The chief executive then directed people to the theatre's website where the latest updated information would be shared. Updates would be dated and timed, he wrote.

He added: These are difficult times for many not-for-profit and charitable organisations like Eden Court. We hope that this statement offers a few words of comfort and reassurance and that those who deem themselves able will continue to visit us."

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