The new coronavirus raging in China is causing the closure of the amusement park, open since 2016. 

The epidemic of the new coronavirus continues to rage in China, and drastic measures are being taken to try to stem it. After the cancellation of the Chinese New Year festivities in Beijing and the postponement of cinematographic outings , it is the Disneyland park of Shanghai which announces this Friday its closure from this weekend. 

“In order to prevent and control the epidemic, and to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and our employees, Shanghai Disney Resort will temporarily close the doors of Shanghai Disneyland,” said a statement relayed by Deadline . “We will continue to monitor the situation closely and be in contact with the local government. We will announce the reopening date when we receive confirmation.”

A blow to the entertainment industry

The new coronavirus is a viral pneumonia of unknown origin that has been raging in China since December. 830 people were infected and 26 died , according to the latest report communicated by Beijing. Public health officials have called on Chinese citizens to avoid gathering in public places.

This is a blow to the Chinese entertainment industry, as the Hollywood Reporter explains : New Year’s celebrations are the busiest time of the year in terms of vacation and travel. Cinema attendance is increasing, as is Disneyland Park. The latter opened its doors in 2016.