AceShowbiz - Disneyland will close its gates for only the fourth time in history on Saturday, March 14 due to coronavirus concerns.
The fabled tourist attraction and its neighbouring California Adventure will close until the end of March.
In a statement obtained by Deadline on Thursday, a Disney spokesperson wrote, "While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California's executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, 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."
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a ban on all public gatherings of more than 250 people on Wednesday.
"Changing our actions for a short period of time will save the life of one or more people you know," he noted.
Given the short notice of the themeparks' closure, the Disney spokesperson assured travelers already booked to attend the resorts this weekend that the company's nearby hotels will remain open until Monday, March 16, to allow guests "the ability to make necessary travel arrangements."
Downtown Disney, which comprises scores of shops and restaurants, will also remain open.
"We will monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state officials and health agencies," the representative added.
Disney bosses have not yet commented on whether the shut down will be extended to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland remain closed, while the Shanghai Disney Resort in China partially reopened this week as the country reports a decrease in the number of new coronavirus cases.