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Universal, SeaWorld, Six Flags close over COVID-19

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Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort are closing over the global coronavirus pandemic. Six Flags has also announced the temporary closure of select parks, while SeaWorld is closing all of its theme parks.

Universal Orlando Resort will temporarily close theme parks and Blue Man Group shows from today (March 16).  Universal Orlando’s hotels and Universal CityWalk will remain open.

In a statement, Universal said it anticipates “remaining closed through the end of March – but will continue to evaluate the situation”.

Universal Studios Hollywood temporarily closed from March 14 through March 31, but Universal CityWalk will remain open.

Six Flags closing select parks through March 2020

“The health and safety of our team members and guests is always our top priority,” said a statement from Universal. “We have created flexible programs for guests who have purchased tickets with us.”

Six Flags has also “temporarily suspended operations at select Six Flags parks until the end of March”. Guests can find out which parks are closed by visiting sixflags.com.

SeaWorld is temporarily closing all theme parks, effective March 16. “We are monitoring this evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation closely and coordinating with public health officials,” a statement said.

“During this time essential personnel, including animal care experts, will continue to look after the health, safety and nutritional needs of the animals in our care.

“Our animal rescue and rehabilitation operations will also continue to operate.”

SeaWorld updates on operations during COVID-19

Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris have also closed in light of COVID-19. Disney previously shut down theme parks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

In a statement, Disney Parks said that although “there have been no reported cases” of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, it will close “in the interest of our guests and employees”.

“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 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort, beginning at the close of business on Sunday, March 15, through the end of the month,” another statement said.

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A journalist specialising in entertainment and attractions, Bea loves theme parks (mainly Disney) and is particularly interested in things of a gothic, horror or fantasy nature.

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