Editor’s Note: After the original version of this story was published, Disney announced that its hotels and Disney-owned locations in Disney Springs will also be closing. Read more here.
The coronavirus outbreak has led Walt Disney World to announce an unprecedented closure, shuttering the resort’s theme parks beginning March 16 through the end of the month.
Disneyland Paris Resort will close the same day, while Disney Cruise Line will suspend all its departures between March 14 and the end of the month.
“The Walt Disney Company will pay its cast members during that closure period,” Disney said in a statement released on Twitter.
The news follows Disneyland’s announcement that it will close from March 14 through the end of the month.
Once Disney World parks close, all six Disney resorts around the world will be at least partially shut down. The two Chinese parks, Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland, have been closed since late January, though Shanghai has begun allowing limited access to its shopping and dining district. Tokyo Disney Resort closed on Feb. 29 and later extended its shutdown to early April.
Though no cases of the COVID-19 virus have been confirmed in either Orange or Osceola County, Florida, large gatherings of people around the country are being canceled or postponed in an effort to stop its spread.
Now past the point of containment, limiting how quickly new cases develop may prevent the health care system from becoming inundated with patients.