Disneyland Paris closes again as France enters new lockdown

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

It hopes to open for the holiday season and will take reservations from December 19 to January 3 “depending on the conditions in effect and government directives at that time,” he added. The theme park will be closed from January 4 to February 12.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced a new national lockdown on Wednesday which he said will last until December 1 “at a minimum”. Non-essential businesses, restaurants and bars will be closed from Monday as the country battles an outbreak of coronavirus cases which hospitals say could lead to capacity issues.

The shutdown will be a further blow to Disney’s Parks, Experiences and Products business, which suffered a $ 6.2 billion drop in revenue in the first half of the calendar year, compared to the same period in 2019. All 12 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 it was laying off 28,000 people, more than a quarter of the workers in its parks and resorts operations.

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

– Frank Pallotta contributed reporting.

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