Walt Disney World to close theme parks at the end of March 15 through the end of March

Mar 13, 2020 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Walt Disney World closure notice due to coronavirus

Walt Disney World will be closing its theme parks at the close of business on Sunday March 15 2020 through to the end of March 2020.

In a statement, the company said:

In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort, beginning at the close of business on Sunday, March 15, through the end of the month.

Disney Cruise Line will suspend all new departures beginning Saturday, March 14, through the end of the month.

The Walt Disney Company will pay its cast members during that closure period.

The hotels at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris will remain open until further notice. The retail and dining complexes, Disney Springs at Walt Disney World and Disney Village at Disneyland Paris, will remain open.

Disney took the decision earlier today to close the Disneyland Resort following guidance from the state of California on restricting mass gatherings.

At the Walt Disney World theme parks, portable hand-washing stations have been setup in addition to the hand sanitizer stations that have been in place for the last few weeks.

New signage is also in place around the parks giving public health recommendations, including frequent hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and to seek medical attention if experiencing flu-like symptoms.

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Article Posted: Mar 13, 2020 / 8:32pm ET
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TrainChasersLess than a minute ago

The answer is yes. (If your post was sarcasm my apologies.)

Heppenheimer5 minutes ago

I've often said my mom is more Catholic than the pope and even she was fine with not going to church during the pandemic.

Tom P.5 minutes ago

The Supreme Court has, in the last few weeks, ruled in several cases against restrictions that have been placed on churches. One order was just handed down on Friday night forcing San Rafael County, California to permit indoor religious gatherings.

kong18027 minutes ago

You are telling me that there have been laws and regulations on the books pre COVID to regulate crowd sizes?!

havoc31519 minutes ago

The Supreme Court has always ruled that non-content time/place/manner regulation of the First Amendment is entirely proper. Yes, you have the right to peacefully assemble. That doesn't mean you have the right to block 5th Avenue with 5,000 people in the middle of the day. Yes, you have the right to worship and peacefully assemble. That doesn't mean you have the right to squeeze 500 people into an auditorium that the fire code limits to 100 people. It would be entirely unconstitutional to have a law that said Catholics can have full Churches but protestants are limited to 10 people. But to say that all congregations are limited to 30% of the fire code capacity (for example) is entirely consistent with our Constitution. It doesn't prohibit peaceful assembly or worship, simply regulates the time / place / manner to serve the public interest in protecting the public health.

GoofGoof21 minutes ago

So I got sick of waiting for the CDC update so This is potentially missing a day worth of data. Where we stand on the vaccine rollout: the yellow section at the top is actual data through February 28. We have officially started to vaccinate 15.5% of the population with 7.7% done as of the end of February. The next table down in blue is projected March data based on manufacturer projections. I limited Pfizer deliveries to 100M even though they still say 120M. It just made the math cleaner and is probably more realistic. I rounded the Feb numbers to make the math cleaner as well. We know that we have roughly 25M people as of 3/1 who got 1 shot but not both so in the first 21 to 28 days of March they need their second dose. In addition I estimated 10M more people getting their first shot in the first 10 days of March for Pfizer and 3 days of March for Moderna will need their 2nd shot in March. That’s how I got to 35M second shots in March. Since JnJ is a one and done I count all JnJ shots as both shots done for simplicity. As of 2/28 we are sitting on an inventory of unused shots. I am assuming as we go forward that as deliveries increase so will number of unused shots. Right now we have 11 days worth of shots in reserve and so if that continues but the average number of daily shots goes up then we should have more shots unused by 3/31. Going forward as deliveries stabilize the number unused should go down but to be conservative I’m keeping it constant. The good news is by March 31 we would have 36% of the total population with at least 1 shot and almost half of all adults. Also we would have 120M people who at least got started and estimates are somewhere in the 150M range for people people in the phase A categories and assuming only 80% take the vaccine 120M will need to go before the vaccine is open to the general public. So if we hit the delivery and administration targets the vaccine should be open to the general public in early April at the latest. Going down to the final green table with April activity we are assuming we cover the 40M who need the 2nd shot from March as well as 10M more from the beginning of April to get to 50M second doses. Assuming we hit the targets again, we will have 200M people at least started and 160M done by end of April which is 60% and 48% of the total population. In addition that means 80% of adults have started going or 71% of 12+ since there’s a good chance this opens to kids 12+ by April. Right now polling shows 71% of people will take the vaccine. If we hit these targets we will need to start kicking the tires to find additional takers sometime in May

Touchdown22 minutes ago

TrainChasers24 minutes ago

If people couldn’t assemble who were all those people cheering for Trump in DC? And marching for BLM across the country? Is that not people assembling? (Peacefully is debatable in both cases...)

CaptainAmerica25 minutes ago

No need to choose. Both are being infringed upon.

kong180226 minutes ago

I'm starting to think people want to feel persecuted.....

kong180227 minutes ago

But is the Pope Catholic?

kong180227 minutes ago

"Our freedom of religion is being infringed on" Presented with evidence that that's not true "Our freedom to peacefully assemble is being infringed on" Can't wait to see what it is next.....

Chip Chipperson28 minutes ago

Alternatively, don't go to Disney World if you don't want to follow the rules they put in place.

kong180228 minutes ago

It's ok, the goal posts are already being moved....