The management of Disneyland Tokyo and DisneySea has announced that both amusement centers would be closed till April, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Oriental Land, the Japanese tourism and leisure company has also postponed the opening events of their new zones and public entertainment and amusement units which were scheduled for April 15th.
All these events are pushed back till mid-May as they hope to control the spread of coronavirus outbreak till than. The Japanese government has already recommended people to avoid all unnecessary public gatherings and outgoings, especially crowded places.
This announcement on Disneyland and Disneysea was made the next day after the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a 10-day long extension period to find control measures for the novel coronavirus outbreaks, that included postponing, stopping, shutting down, delaying or canceling all major national events.
The Oriental Land formerly closed these theme parks on February 29th but it planned to re-open them on March 16th, as they were hopeful that the health department would come up with control over coronavirus outbreak.
The brief statement made by the company stated; “We are planning our resumption time for early April, but we will make an announcement at a later time.”
The statement further said; “The opening of Tokyo Disneyland’s major development area, which was scheduled for April 15, has been rescheduled to mid-May or later.”
Both these parks are the “most popular” tourist spots in Japan. Every year, more than 30 million visitors come to these two parks that majorly include school trips during their annual academic break in spring. As the spring has started, this year’s spring break at Disneyland and Disneysea is canceled, leaving millions of school kids disappointed. And that’s not all, these two are also the most attractive tourist sites for anyone who travels to Tokyo to explore the city.
Prime Minister Abe has requested the public to join hands with the health department and control the spread of coronavirus which has already taken so many lives and continues to spread in Japan.
The schools are shut down in Tokyo and people are working from home offices to avoid going in public and avoid the virus. A health expert and policymakers panel is all set to meet in the coming week to evaluate the effectiveness of government made plans to control coronavirus. For now, it is too early to say whether or not shutting down these theme parks is effective for limiting the spread of coronavirus in Japan.
The number of coronavirus cases in Japan has reached 1,278 cases that include 696 passengers and crew members of the famous “Diamond Princess cruise ship” which made a headline in February for coronavirus outbreak.
To this day, the deaths caused by the coronavirus in Japan have reached to 19 cases, which includes 7 people from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
Prime Minister Abe said on Wednesday that; “We have reached an extremely important moment in the prevention of any rapid spread of domestic infections,” and he also shared that “For about 10 days until an expert panel makes a new assessment, I’d like to ask for people’s cooperation.”