Big news for France as they’ve today banned all gatherings that consist of more than 5,000 people as the first person sadly dies of the Coronavirus in the USA.
It’s come as a bit of a surprise to hear the news coming from France given how the virus hasn’t really hit the country but it would seem they are making sure that no big outbreak occurs.
Right now the ban only applies to confined spaces so consider things such as indoor music concerts and sporting events like Football (soccer for our US readers). In Italy where the spread of the Coronavirus is getting beyond control, several Serie A football games have been postponed.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see an announcement from Disneyland Paris on what precautions they were making against Coronavirus given the direction that has come from the central French government. While we don’t expect the parks to close just yet, it’s not impossible given what the Walt Disney Company has done in other parks across the world. It all depends on what happens in France over the coming days.
We’ve already seen closures across the Hong Kong Disneyland Park as well as Shanghai Disney and Tokyo Disney closing as of today for a few weeks. This took a particular toll on Disney Parks profits in Asia as they had to close over Lunar New Year but guest safety is an absolute priority.
While Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort are still open, it would only take a few more reports from health officials for them to take the same action we’ve seen in Japan and China. The French theme park is open for now but honestly, make sure you’re prepared for the worst-case scenario. It’s unlikely the spread of the virus will slow until the summer months.
Now that Bob Iger has handed over the position of CEO to Bob Chapek the last thing the new CEO is going to want on his record is the death toll increased as a result of parks not taking the right precautions.
We will be sure to keep an eye on events across France and update you as soon as we see any hint that the parks may be closing in Paris. Disney wants to make sure this virus outbreak is as contained as possible.
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Source: Sky News