The Walt Disney World theme parks are closing temporarily because of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The theme parks at Walt Disney World will close at the end of day Sunday, March 15, through at least the end of March.
Disney officials said the resort hotels and the Disney Springs shopping area will remain open, as of now.
Disney officials announced the closures late the evening of March 12, about four hours after the announcement that the Disneyland Resort in California will close. The California closure includes the resort hotels and shopping areas.
Disney Cruise Line will also suspend all cruise departures beginning Saturday, March 14.
“In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme parks,” Disney said in a statement.
Earlier today, officials with the Reedy Creek Fire Department at Walt Disney World confirmed that seven fire fighters with the department were under self-quarantine, because of possible exposure to the novel Coronavirus that has been spreading around the globe.
Disney states that is will continue to pay its theme park employees during the closure. Company officials also announced that employees in some of the company’s divisions are being asked to telecommute.