In a joint assertion to USA TODAY, the theme parks, which had beforehand mentioned they’d be closed for many of March, mentioned they are going to stay closed via April 19 “as we proceed to reply to present situations and make the well being and security of crew members and visitors our prime precedence.”
USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Disney World and Disneyland to see whether or not the parks plan to increase their closures as nicely.
Along with the theme parks, Common CityWalk Orlando and Common CityWalk Hollywood, the themed eating and purchasing areas close to every park’s entry gates, may also stay closed. Common Orlando Resort resorts have additionally quickly suspended operations.
“We are going to proceed to watch the state of affairs and make changes as wanted, primarily based on steerage from well being businesses and authorities officers,” the assertion mentioned.
On March 12, the 2 theme parks introduced they would quickly shut in response to the unfold of COVID-19. In an organization assertion on the time, Common Studios Hollywood had mentioned it might shut till March 28 “out of an abundance of warning.” Common Orlando Resort had introduced on its web site the Florida park might stay closed “via the tip of March.”
The preliminary bulletins got here a day earlier than California Gov. Gavin Newsom urged an finish to gatherings of greater than 250 individuals to counter unfold of the coronavirus, a transfer he mentioned would trigger “actual stress” for many individuals and companies however save lives. Later that day, California public well being officers issued an up to date coverage saying “non-essential” gatherings comparable to sporting occasions, concert events and conferences ought to be postponed or canceled till at the very least the tip of March.
Newsom declared a state of emergency in California on March 4, whereas Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis did the identical on March 9.