The O2 in London has announced today (Thursday) that the arena has been made available as an NHS training facility in preparation for the increased number of additional staff needed in the fight against COVID-19.
The facility will operate from April 12 to June 29, with all staff trained at The O2 to go on to work at the NHS Nightingale field hospital at ExCeL London.
No patients will be treated at The O2, with the NHS to use the arena as an educational training facility to prepare staff. The O2 acknowledged that this will require further rescheduling of events booked to take place during this period, but stressed that its current priority is to help save lives.
Tickets for postponed events will be transferred to rescheduled event dates. Where an event cannot be rescheduled it will be cancelled and tickets will be refunded in line with the promoter’s ticketing policy.
The rest of The O2 will remain closed to the public until further notice. The arena has urged customers to play their part in limiting the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home and practicing social distancing.
Meanwhile, English Premier League club Manchester United has announced a package of measures to support the NHS and has said it is ready to consider and accommodate further requests to use Old Trafford if it is required.