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World Disneyland Paris shuts again as France enters new lockdown

16:20  29 october  2020
16:20  29 october  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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A general view of the Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney studio parks closed due to the Coronavirus epidemic on May 28, 2020 in Paris, France. The Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney studio parks have been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus epidemic. With a number of visitors per day around 27,000 people, the two Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studio parks are by far the leading tourist destination in Europe. Reservations are possible from July 15 but with no certainty that the park will be open on that date. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images) © Chesnot/Getty Images A general view of the Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney studio parks closed due to the Coronavirus epidemic on May 28, 2020 in Paris, France. The Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney studio parks have been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus epidemic. With a number of visitors per day around 27,000 people, the two Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studio parks are by far the leading tourist destination in Europe. Reservations are possible from July 15 but with no certainty that the park will be open on that date. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

Disneyland Paris is temporarily closing again as France enters a second nationwide lockdown to curb a surge in coronavirus infections.

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The closure starts at the end of the day on Thursday and is "in line with the latest direction from the French authorities," Disneyland Paris said in a statement.

It hopes to open for the holiday season and will be taking reservations from December 19 through January 3 "based on prevailing conditions and government guidance at that time," it added. The theme park will be shut from January 4 through February 12.

France's President Emmanuel Macron announced a new nationwide lockdown on Wednesday that he said will last until December 1 "at minimum." Non-essential businesses, restaurants and bars will be closed starting Monday as the country battles a surge in coronavirus cases that hospitals warn could cause capacity issues.

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The shutdown will come as a fresh blow to Disney's Parks, Experiences and Products business, which suffered a $6.2 billion decline in revenue in the first half of the calendar year, compared to the same period in 2019. All 12 of its parks in North America, Asia and Europe were closed between March and May.

While Disney has since reopened theme parks in Shanghai and Florida, Disneyland remains closed in California. The company said last month that it is laying off 28,000 people, or more than a quarter of workers in its parks and resorts business.

Earlier this month, Disney unveiled a major reorganization of its media and entertainment business, highlighting the company's focus on growing its streaming service Disney+.

— Frank Pallotta contributed reporting.

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