Tokyo Disney parks closing for 2 weeks on virus fears: statement

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Feb 28 2020 11:23 AM

Disney character Mickey Mouse (R) greets 20-year-old women and men during their 'Coming-of-Age Day' celebration at Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, eastern suburb of Tokyo on Jan. 13, 2020. Kazuhiro Nogi, AFP

TOKYO — The operator of Tokyo's 2 Disney resorts, Disneyland and DisneySea, said Friday the parks would be closed for around 2 weeks on fears over the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

"Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea have decided to proceed with an extraordinary closure from Saturday Feb. 29, 2020, through Sunday March 15" after the government urged measures to limit the spread of the virus, the operator said in a statement.

The operator Oriental Land said it currently hoped to resume operations from March 16.

"Currently, we plan to reopen on March 16. But we'll decide when to open by looking at the situation and developments. We'll also consult (official) agencies concerned," a spokesman told AFP.

More than 30 million visitors flood into the 2 parks per year, and they are among the most popular destinations for tourists coming to Tokyo.

The move comes as the Japanese government steps up measures to tackle the outbreak of the virus, which has been linked to at least four deaths in the country and nearly 200 infections.

On Thursday night, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged schools across the country to close for around a month, though nurseries and after-school clubs are exempt.

And the government has urged people to work from home and commute during off-peak hours, as well as avoid large gatherings.
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