Disneyland Paris closes amid second COVID-19 lockdown in France

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Disneyland Paris is temporarily closing again as France enters a second nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The closure, which took hold at the end of the day Thursday, is another blow for Disney, which has been trying to reopen its flagship Disneyland theme park in California.

Disneyland Paris, which had reopened July 15 following a mid-March shutdown along with the rest of Disney’s parks, said in a statement that the closure is “in line with the latest direction from the French authorities,” and that it hopes to reopen for the holiday season.

The theme park said it will be taking reservations from Dec. 19 through Jan. 3 “and hope(s) to be open based on prevailing conditions and government guidance at that time,” adding that it will be closed after that, from Jan. 4 through Feb. 12.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that the country would go in lockdown that will last until at least Dec. 1.  Non-essential businesses, restaurants and bars will be closed starting Monday as the country battles a surge in coronavirus infections that hospitals warn could cause capacity issues.

Meanwhile, the virus in the US has continued to surge and there are question marks around whether Disneyland in California will reopen anytime soon and if the Orlando, Fla.-based Disney World in Orlando, which reopened in July, will be forced to shut down.

Although there are a handful of Disney theme parks currently open across the globe, all 12 of its parks in North America, Asia and Europe were closed between March and May.

As a result, in the first half of the year, Disney suffered a $6.2 billion dip in revenue from the same period last year.

Last month, the company said it plans to lay off 28,000 workers at its California and Florida theme parks.

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