On February 27, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea’s operator, Oriental Land announced that the parks will shut down on February 29 until March 15, CNN reported.
The park will reopen on March 16 and the resort will refund its guests for admission fees and hotel bookings.
The announcement comes as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked organizers of sporting and cultural events to consider canceling, postponing or downsizing their events in the next two weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19, The Japan Times reported.
Apart from Disney, another spectacle that draws tourists to Japan is the annual cherry blossom season which lasts between late March and early April. This, along with event cancellations and facility closures could also affect the Japanese economy, the report added.
COVID-19 has so far claimed the lives of eight people in Japan and the country recorded over 900 cases as of this writing.
In January 2020, Hong Kong Disneyland announced the closure of the popular theme park to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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