This week's Coral Tour Championship has been postponed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, World Snooker has confirmed.
The event had been expected to go ahead after World Snooker announced on Monday that the tournament would still take place, but behind closed doors following government advice on the current crisis.
World Snooker had adopted the same stance in Gibraltar last week, where the Gibraltar Open was successfully completed behind closed doors, and despite growing concerns about the ever-worsening situation, play was due to get under way in Llandudno on Tuesday afternoon.
However, just a matter of hours before the opening match, World Snooker have announced that the tournament has been postponed with plans already put in place for the tournament to be rescheduled and run from July 21st to 26th this year at the same venue.
Ivan Hirschowitz, Head of Media for World Snooker, said: "WST and ITV Sport have taken the decision to postpone this week’s Coral Tour Championship in Llandudno as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.
"The event was due to run from Tuesday to Sunday this week, televised by ITV4.
"Following Monday’s announcement from the UK government that public are advised to avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues, we have liaised with ITV Sport and come to the decision to postpone the event, with new provisional dates of July 21st to 26th this year at the same venue.
"We appreciate this is very short notice and a disappointment for the fans and the television audience, however the assessment could only be made at short notice after yesterday’s announcement from the government which came at 5pm.
"The box office at Venue Cymru in Llandudno will contact ticket holders . Those tickets will be transferred automatically to the rescheduled dates. Fans who are unable to attend in July can contact the box office after April 1st for a refund.
"Announcements on future events including the World Championship will be made in due course, with all scenarios to be considered depending on further government advice."