As coronavirus continues to spread across the world, Disney announced that it would temporarily close theme park resorts in Florida (Disney World Resort in Orlando), California (Disneyland Resort in Anaheim), and Paris (Disneyland), and also suspend departures with the Disney Cruise Line, to lower the risk of infection and protect employees and customers. The company will still pay employees who are called “cast members” while the parks will be closed.
According to the statement issued by the Disney company, “While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive orders, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure beginning the morning of March 14th through the end of the month.”
Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Paris will be closed for the public for a month, beginning with March 15th.
The statement also reads that hotels at Disneyland Paris and Disney World will remain open “until further notice” to make sure current guests can arrange their travels. Downtown Disney Village and Disney Springs dining and shopping areas will be opened as well.
Pamela Hymel, Disney parks chief medical officer, said: “As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of our cast, guests and the larger community, we are carefully monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation and are in regular contact with health agencies for information and guidance.”
The global pandemic has led to the closure of eleven theme parks so far, including those in Asia, Europe, and North America.