The latest in a list of local music venues to announce temporary closure because of coronavirus concerns is a big one. The Continental Club, the anchor of live music on South Congress Avenue and an Austin institution since the 1950s, is closing on Monday and will remain that way until further notice, according to a post on the venue’s Facebook page.


The closure also includes the Continental Gallery, the intimate listening room upstairs from the main club, and C-Boy’s Heart & Soul, a club down the street that Continental owner Steve Wertheimer has operated since 2014. (Its upstairs bar the Jade Room also will be closed.)


The Facebook post reads as follows:


"We have made the difficult decision based on our understanding of the situation regarding social distancing, minimizing contamination and trying to help reach containment, The Continental Club, C-Boy’s Heart and Soul, The Continental Gallery and The Jade Room will be closed effective Monday, March 16 (tomorrow) until further notice. We will decide week by week on a decision to reopen regarding the following week on the Thursday of each upcoming week, but for now we will be closed thru Sunday March 22, 2020. We know what a hardship this is on everyone in our family including all our employees and musicians, but we are hoping if everyone is conscious of what is happening and exercise caution, we can get in front of this and hopefully mitigate the damage we are seeing in other parts of the country and the world. We will try and update folk by either email or social media on our future plans so stay tuned. Please everyone stay safe protect yourself, your family and your loved ones."