The Wave has shut its doors for more than a month following latest Government advice regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

The inland-surfing venue near Easter Compton is shut from today until May 1.

Craig Stoddart, CEO of The Wave, said: "Based on the latest Government guidance regarding the Coronavirus outbreak we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily close.

"The health and wellbeing of our staff and customers is of the utmost importance to us. The current recommendation is that wherever possible everyone should avoid non-essential social contact and unnecessary travel, and as a public-facing business we believe we have a duty to help control the spread of the virus, and protect our community..

“The closure affects all areas of the site and if people have a surf booked during this period then they’ll be contacted by email with information on next steps.

“Over the years, as we’ve worked hard to create The Wave, we’ve always been inspired by the support we’ve received from the local and surfing communities. These are uncertain and testing times for everyone, and we will overcome this challenge, together. W

"We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions based on the latest expert advice, and we plan to have people back enjoying our waves and reaping the wellbeing benefits of surfing as soon as we safely can.”