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The O2 is being turned into an NHS training facility

The O2 arena is set to open as an NHS training facility, it has been announced.

The venue, which is one of the UK’s largest arenas, will open on 12 April and is set to close 29 June.

The staff trained there will go on to work at the NHS Nightingale temporary hospital set up at ExCeL London, which is a short distance from the O2.

A press release from The O2 stated: “While this will require 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 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.”