Tokyo Disneyland closes due to coronavirus outbreak

Feb 28 2020, 5:00 pm

In an announcement issued on their website on Friday, Tokyo Disneyland disclosed that it and Tokyo DisneySea will be temporarily closing due to the spike in coronavirus cases in Japan.

“As a precautionary measure in line with prevention efforts taking place across Japan and in response to the recommendations of appropriate authorities, we are temporarily closing Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea out of consideration for the health and safety of our guests and cast members from February 29 to March 15,” the statement explains.

“We remain in close contact with related government agencies about the situation.”

The park is currently scheduled to reopen on March 16. However, further information regarding an official date will be provided at a later time.

The decision comes just one day after Prime Minister Shinzō Abe called for the temporary closure of all public schools across Japan.

The announcement was issued to allow students, teachers, and faculty members to avoid the increased risk of coronavirus contamination and infection that could result from existing in such close proximity for long hours every day.

Tokyo Disneyland followed in the footsteps of Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland who have also temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, with Hong Kong Disneyland agreeing to also explore the possibility of using vacant land outside its park for a coronavirus quarantine area.