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The O2 steps up for NHS staff training

The O2 Arena in London is opening its doors to help train NHS staff in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

In order to help support the NHS with their preparation for the large number of additional staff needed in the effort to tackle COVID-19, The O2 Arena has been made available as an NHS educational training facility for staff.

The venue will be used to train staff before they go on to work at the Nightingale field hospital at ExCel London, operating from 12th April – 29th June 2020.

The O2 said in a statement:

While this will result in further rescheduling of events booked to take place during this period, the priority for us all at this time is to help save lives and we know our customers and partners will understand our desire to support the NHS in this way. The rest of The O2 will remain closed to the public until further notice.

We encourage our customers to play their part during these difficult times by following government instructions to stay at home and practice social distancing.

Tickets for postponed events will automatically 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.

Meanwhile in the US, the City of Chicago along with Team Rubicon, a veteran-led global disaster response organisation, has teamed up with the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, to launch a personal protective equipment (PPE) donation drop-off beginning Monday, April 13, 2020.

The PPE donation drop-off will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the United Center’s East Atrium located at 16 South Wood Street, Lot H.