Disney has temporarily closed theme park in California because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The novel coronavirus outbreak continues to rapidly spread across the country. Over the past week it has officially become a pandemic increasing in the U.S., Asia and across Europe.
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This is the fourth time in history that Disneyland has fully closed operations, following Sept. 11 attacks, after JFK’s assassination and the Northridge earthquake.
“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 order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month. The Hotels of Disneyland Resort will remain open until Monday, March 16 to give guests the ability to make necessary travel arrangements; Downtown Disney will remain open. We will monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state officials and health agencies. Disney will continue to pay cast members during this time.”
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Closures seemed inevitable after Los Angeles Gov. Gavin Newsom called for gatherings with more than 250 people to be canceled or delayed in an effort to halt the transmission of the virus. Officials are also encouraging “social distancing” of six feet per person.
Disney announced closed doors to its theme parks after cancellations of major entertainment industry events like South by Southwest and Coachella. The NBA suspended its season Wednesday night after a player tested positive for coronavirus.