Disney Parks are taking ‘preventive measure’ as they remain open across the United States. Disneyland and Disney World have no current plan to close. Meanwhile, California’s governor has called for any gathering of 250 or more people to be canceled.

Disney Parks are taking ‘preventive measure’ as they remain open across the United States. Disneyland and Disney World have no current plan to close. Meanwhile, California’s governor has called for any gathering of 250 or more people to be canceled.

Disney parks and resorts in the United States remain open amid growing concern over the spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. Both Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida are open and receiving guests as of Thursday.
Reached for comment on its coronavirus response at both parks, a Disney representative directed us to a blog post from Disney Parks chief medical officer, Dr. Pamela Hymel. The post, Disney Parks and Resorts Questions about Coronavirus/COVID-19, details the parks preventive measures.
Our thoughts are with those affected, said Hymel in the statement, and we want to share more information with you about our efforts to help keep our guests, cast members, and communities safe and healthy.
We are carefully monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation and are in regular contact with health agencies for information and guidance. Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort are open and welcoming guests and we continue to implement preventive measures in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local health agencies. […] We look forward to welcoming you at our parks very soon.
Hymel added in the statement that additional hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the park, and that staff has increased the frequency with which they clean and disinfect high guest contact areas. They are also promoting good hygiene throughout the park to guests and employees alike.
Meanwhile, in California on Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom called for the cancellation or postponement of gatherings of 250 people or more. During a press conference Newsom said Disneyland and other large theme parks, theaters, and casinos are exempt from the request because of the complexity of their unique circumstances.
Changing our actions for a short period of time will save the life of one or more people you know, Newsom said in a statement. Thats the choice before us. Each of us has extraordinary power to slow the spread of this disease.
Newsom also added that he has been in touch with Disneys executive chairman and former CEO Bob Iger to discuss the situation.
Disneyland does not share numbers on its maximum capacity. According to the Los Angeles Times, quoting inside sources, it stands at roughly 80,000. Disney World, which comprises multiple parks and other attractions, has a far larger capacity.
Today, Disney World made a new concession to those eager to reschedule their visits. A $50 change fee that would normally be imposed is now waived. Guests may move their reservation to a future date in 2020, Disney said in a statement.
Reporting by our sibling website, The Verge, indicates that Disney Parks employees are still working as of Thursday. An anonymous source said they have heard little from management with regard to the response surrounding COVID-19.

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