Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Disneyland in California & Walt Disney World in Florida closed indefinitely, Hawaii tourism grinds to a halt

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The Walt Disney Company announced on Friday that Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will remain closed until further notice due to the coronavirus. ⁣ ⁣"While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains The Walt Disney Company's top priority," the company said in a statement. "As a result of this unprecedented pandemic and in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed until further notice." ⁣ ⁣The company noted that it has been paying its cast members since Disneyland closed on March 12 and Walt Disney World closed on March 16. As a result of the extended closures, the company will continue to pay hourly parks and resorts cast members through April 18.

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Like many cities across the world, Honolulu came to an eerie standstill this weekend as officials implemented measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic throughout the islands. ⁣ ⁣Hawaii officials went beyond the standard stay-at-home orders and effectively flipped the switch on the state’s tourism-fueled economic engine in a bid to slow infections. As of Thursday, anyone arriving in Hawaii must undergo a mandatory 14-day self quarantine. ⁣ ⁣The unprecedented move dramatically reduced the number of people on beaches, in city parks and on country roads. ⁣ ⁣It's too soon to know the total impact the shutdown will have on the tens of thousands of Hawaii residents who rely on tourism dollars to pay for the high cost of living in the state.

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