London Dog Week has been postponed “until further notice” amid the recent coronavirus outbreak, organisers have confirmed.
The event was originally scheduled to take place between 23 March and 29 March, but due to “ extra government precautions” it will no longer go ahead.
In a statement, organisers said: “We are very sad that the week has to be postponed and know you all have been very much looking forward to these events and we have been working around the clock to bring amazing events to the dogs and dog lovers of London.
“However, the health and safety of our guests, team and the wider community is our absolute priority.”
All purchases for London Dog Week’s events will still be “honoured” for rescheduled events, and refunds will be provided if customers cannot attend the rescheduled dates.
Despite the postponement, organisers have announced the launch of PAWSITIVITY, an “uplifting online interactive event series” that will take place between 23-29 March instead.
The online series will be launched on London Dog Week’s social media channels, and will feature tips and advice on how to stimulate your dog at home whilst self isolating.
The programme will also hold question and answer sessions from canine experts, “inspirational and exclusive” content, as well as competitions.
Organisers said it will help customers “making the best of dog life at home whilst we are socially distancing”.