Disney is closing down its theme park in China over the Lunar New Year holiday as fears grow over the deadly virus.Shanghai Disney Resort made the announcement on its official website on Friday, saying the closure was “in response to the prevention and control of the disease outbreak.”The resort said it will refund guests for admission fees, hotel bookings and other pre-purchased entertainment tickets. It did not say when the park would reopen.
China’s National Health Commission has confirmed 875 cases of coronavirus infection nationwide, with 26 deaths. All but two of the country’s 31 provinces and municipalities had reported cases of the virus.
Disney said it would close the theme park and facilities surrounding it on Saturday.
“We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and be in close contact with the local government,” Disney said in a statement on its website and posted across social media. “We will announce the reopening date upon confirmation,” it added.