Disneyland to close amid coronavirus pandemic


Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is closing down as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic persists, Disney announced Thursday afternoon.

The closure of the company’s flagship theme park follows similar declarations from other tourist attractions and commercial offices across the nation, as well as the cancellation of major events, including music festivals and sports events.

Meanwhile, Disney World in Orlando, Florida, will remain open. The site employs more than 75,000 people, making it the largest single-site employer in the United States.

With nearly 30,000 employees, Disneyland is the largest employer in Orange County and generates more than $5 billion for the southern California economy, according to Disney. Over 157 million people reportedly visited a Disney theme park in 2018.

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More than 125,000 people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus that originated in China. Over 4,500 people have been killed globally.

In the U.S., over 1,200 people have been infected by virus and at least 36 people have died across 42 states and Washington, D.C.

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  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.