I realize that there is a massive amount of information coming out regarding COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. This is the official report regarding the closing of Disneyland in California from Wesh 2 News. As always, we should be very diligent in washing our hands, no matter what is going on, being cautious when around people who are sick, etc. Being careful is always a good thing and keeping calm and not panicking is also important during times like this. There tends to be lots of rumors and such during times like this so here is the official statement from Walt Disney World Resorts along with the reporting from Wesh 2 News.
Message about Coronavirus/COVID-19 from Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pamela Hymel, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
As you may know from the news, COVID-19, commonly known as novel coronavirus 2019, has become a more widespread concern. Our thoughts are with those affected 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 is 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. For example, we have added additional hand sanitizers throughout the park, increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection in high guest contact areas, and are providing information about good hygiene practices and illness prevention to our guests and cast members.
Walt Disney World and our parks and resorts around the world have high standards of cleanliness and health and safety protocols in place, such as:
- Training for cast members, with ongoing reinforcement on a regular basis
- Defined cycles for frequent cleaning and disinfection of targeted areas
- Easy access to handwashing facilities and hand sanitizers
- Quick response to spills, trash and other situations
- End of day sanitation procedures for restroom, kitchen, and other facilities
- Frequent cleaning and “wash down” of outdoor locations, including walkways and queues
The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like coronavirus/COVID-19, such as staying home when sick, washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, following proper respiratory cough etiquette, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. We continue to communicate about these recommendations, as well as other important health information, to our cast.
The CDC provides more detailed coronavirus information on its website and your personal physician is a valuable resource for specific medical questions you may have.
As always, our focus is on the health and well-being of our cast members, guests and the larger community, and we look forward to welcoming you at our parks very soon. If you have any questions about visiting Walt Disney World Resort or about our response to coronavirus, you can learn more on the Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line websites, or call 407-WDisney.
FROM WESH 2 NEWS:
Disneyland in California is closing on Friday and will remain closed for the rest of the month because of coronavirus concerns.
“We are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month. The Hotels of Disneyland Resort will remain open until Monday, March 16 to give guests the ability to make necessary travel arrangements; Downtown Disney will remain open,” a spokesperson for Disneyland Resort said.
Disneyland is closing after reviewing guidelines by California Gov. Gavin Newsom that limit gatherings of more than 250 people.
Newsom had said earlier Thursday that the guidance did not yet apply to amusement parks
There has not been word on potential closings at Disney World in Central Florida.
When asked for comment on a different coronavirus-related story on Thursday, Disney officials said “At this time, Walt Disney World Resort is open and welcoming guests.”