Walt Disney World, Disneyland closed indefinitely amid COVID-19 pandemic

Joanna Estrada
March 29, 2020

As a result of this unprecedented pandemic and in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials, Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed until further notice. Disneyland - alongside casinos, card rooms and theaters - had initially been given an exemption from the guidelines to cancel or postpone gatherings of 250 or more people, though Disney made the announcement shortly after that it would close its parks.

A couple of weeks after announcing the temporary closures of its California, Paris and Florida Disney parks, The Walt Disney Company has announced it will be keeping all parks closed until further notice amidst global coronavirus concerns.

"The safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains The Walt Disney Company's top priority", the company said in its statement.

California is now under a stay-at-home order, meaning all non-essential businesses must stay closed until the order is lifted. At the time, the closures were through the end of March, meaning the parks would have re-opened Wednesday.

The news comes after union leaders for both parks sent letters to the company which demanded an update as staff was becoming more and more anxious with uncertainty. Now, for Disney, at least, it could conceivably stretch into the summer, though hourly employees will be paid only through April 18. Disney workers had previously been notified of the park's extended closures, but were left hanging about the subject of compensation. It isn't clear what the pay situation will be for salaried Cast Members.

Disney's temporary shutdown of its theme parks just got a lot longer.

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