The Hug and Pint on Great Western Road has announced it will close tomorrow until further notice in light of the escalating situation regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus. 

All listed shows within the period of closure will be cancelled and rescheduled where possible. 

The pub has also set up an online Hardship Fund to support its staff via a crowd fundraising page.

An official statement from the venue said:

"As always, the safety and health of staff, customers, artists and all others is of the utmost importance. However, this incredibly difficult decision has not been made lightly, and our focus now needs to be on protecting the future of the venue and doing our best to ensure staff welfare.

Read more: Greater Glasgow hits 44 cases as 171 positive for COVID-19 in Scotland

“With this in mind, we will set up a Hardship Fund for staff to support them while the venue is closed. All funds raised on this page will be used to support staff financially while trying to safeguard and protect the future of the venue."

A spokesperson for the venue told The Glasgow Times: 

"We are currently working hard to reschedule shows on the basis that we hope to be able to return and any official cancellations/postponements will be communicated to ticketholders directly via their ticket provider.

"Updates will also be available on Hug and Pint socials."

All donations will be rewarded with Hug and Pint-related items such as Hug and Pint merchandise, limited edition posters and concert packages. 

Confirmed cases of Coronavirus have risen to 171 with 44 cases in Glasgow.