Disney Resort has announced that Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks will shut down on Saturday, March 14, until the end of the month.
The decision comes as part of precautions to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. However, Disney cast members will continue to receive their pay after the park is closed, according to Disney Resort.
Disney Resort hotels will remain open until Monday, March 16, to allow guests to make arrangements for travel.
The Downtown Disney shopping center will also remain open, according to the statement.
Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has urged residents to avoid mass gatherings that involve more than 250 people.
“Late last night, California put out a new policy on mass gatherings and engaged in deep conversations with Disney and other companies about how to meet it. Using that policy, Disney made the right call in the interest of public health and agreed to shut down their California parks.”
Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Toyo Disney parks closed earlier
California’s Disney park is not the first to close as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Disney parks in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo closed earlier in February.
Tokyo Disney Resort confirmed on Wednesday that as part of “precautionary measures,” Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will remain closed until the end of April, according to Fox News.
In early February, Disney said they expected to lose up to $175 million in operating income if the Hong Kong and Shangai parks remained closed for up to two months, a CNBC report indicated.
Countries are imposing restrictions to stop the coronavirus pandemic
The statement comes after the cancellation of many upcoming events in the U.S, including the popular Coachella music festival and Indian Wells tennis tournament.
Some schools have also closed and are conducting online classes as part of the efforts to stop the spread of the virus.
Several companies in the entertainment industry, including NBCUniversal, Amazon Studios, and Viacom, have also instructed their employees to work from home, according to Deadline.
The 2020 NCAA Tournament has been canceled. The NBA, MLB, and NHL have also suspended their seasons. The NBA suspended their current season after Jazz all-star Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.
Monsters and Critics also reported that the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo shut down on Wednesday after health authorities declared a health emergency in Houston and Harris County. E3 2020 was also canceled due to coronavirus fears.
Latest global coronavirus count
Worldometer reports that as of March 12, 21:41 GMT (5:41 p.m. ET), 134,511 cases of coronavirus infections have been reported worldwide, with 4,970 deaths, and 68,915 recovered.
As of this report, a total of 1,670 cases have been reported in the United States, with 40 deaths, and 30 recoveries so far.