Coronavirus: Disneyland and Disney World to remain closed ‘until further notice’

Coronavirus: Disneyland and Disney World to remain closed ‘until further notice’
A visitor to the Disneyland Resort takes a picture through a locked gate at the entrance to Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., on Monday, March 16, 2020. Disneyland Resort is shutting down due to the new coronavirus outbreak. (Jeff Gritchen/AP)

Disney officials announced Friday that they are extending the closure of Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort until further notice due to COVID-19. A spokesman said they will continue to pay hourly parks and resort cast members through April 18.

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“While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains The Walt Disney Company’s top priority. As a result of this unprecedented pandemic and in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed until further notice.”

The Walt Disney Company has been paying its cast members since the closure of the parks, and in light of this ongoing and increasingly complex crisis, we have made the decision to extend paying hourly parks and resorts cast members through April 18.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.