The Disney company announced that it will completely close its theme parks in California, Florida and France. during the month of March following growing concern about the coronavirus pandemic.
“With great caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort,” the company said in a statement hours after closing its facilities in California.
This is the fourth time that California’s Disneyland Park has closed in its entire history. The previous occasions were during the attacks of 9/11 (2001), the morning that John F. Kennedy died (1963) and the Northridge earthquake (1994), according to local media reports.
The decision was well received by the authorities of this state, the most populous in the United States, where its governor, Gavin Newsom, met with Disney executives and other companies to discuss the closure of these private facilities that receive thousands of visitors.
“Late last night, California introduced a new policy on mass meetings and entered into deep discussions with Disney and other companies on how to comply with it,” Newsom said in a statement.
“Under that policy, Disney made the right decision,” he valued, “in the interest of public health, and agreed to close its California parks. Expect more announcements like this shortly.”
While the parks will close on the 14th, the hotels surrounding the facilities will remain open until Monday the 16th to allow tourists to “modify their travel plans”, while Disney will return the money for the affected reservations.
“While no cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the California Governor’s Executive Order guidelines and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we proceed to the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, “the company said in a statement.
On the other hand, the Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando theme parks will also close their doors as a precaution against the growing spread of coronavirus in the country.
“As a precaution and to assist with our nation’s preventive efforts, Universal Orlando Resort will temporarily close its theme parks. The closure is effective at