We are witnessing a growing list of countries being severely affected by the coronavirus COVID19 outbreak, and with the recent flight restrictions between continents, the tourism industry has taken a major hit. Attractions, events and amusement parks are scaling back operations or temporarily shutting down entirely amidst this public health crisis.
If you are continuing to travel, keep in mind that your destination may be experiencing massive closures. For example, after it was reported that Shanghai Disney Resort was ceasing operations for the time being, it didn’t take long for other establishments to follow suit. To help plan your trip, refer to the list of closures and cancellations below by date reported.
Wednesday, March 11
- Dublin and Boston have canceled St Patrick’s Day parades.
- Auschwitz Memorial will remain closed between March 12-25.
- South by Southwest festival has been canceled
- Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been postponed to October.
- Italy and Iran have canceled all sports events.
- Stagecoach has now been postponed until October.
- Prague Film Festival has now been canceled.
Here are the most notable entertainment parks and museums which have now closed their doors.
The Tokyo National Museum is closed until March 16, 2020.
The Kyoto National Museum is also closed until March 16, 2020.
The Gibli Museum is closed until March 17, 2020.
The Palace Museum in the Forbidden City, in Beijing is closed indefinitely.
Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea are closed until March 16, 2020.
Universal Studio Japan is closed until March 15, 2020.
Legoland Japan is closed until March 15, 2020.
Shanghai Disney Resort is now closed indefinitely.
Hong Kong Disney is now closed indefinitely.
For the moment Disneyland Paris, Disney World and Disneyland parks are set to remain open. Disney World is following the situation closely and following the recommendations of health officials.
They have also published a Q&A about cleanliness procedures and how to help prevent the spread of the virus.
With most of the entertainment parks from Merlin Entertainment Group (Legoland UK, Chessington, Alton Towers) due to reopen after their winter break at the end of March, the company has issued a statement about all the necessary precautions and enhanced cleaning regimes the company has implemented to prevent the spread of the virus.
All parks from the Universal Orlando group are still open with the company stating that it is in constant contact with Health Officials and it is monitoring the situation closely.
SeaWorld attractions are also monitoring the situation closely and keeping in direct contact with the Florida Health Department and the CDC.
- The London Book Fair, due to take place in March, has now been canceled.
- The Tokyo Cherry Blossom Festival and Okinawa’s Azalea Festival have been canceled.
We do recommend that you check with the individual parks and museums before planning your visit as the situation might change unexpectedly. Please make sure to contact the museums, parks and event organizers directly for refunds and cancellations.
If you would like to know more about coronavirus live updates, airline travel restrictions, the coronavirus outbreak and how to keep safe while traveling, please check our previous articles linked above.
As the circumstances surrounding the outbreak are developing and changing on a daily basis, please note that the above is only short-term advice. Further information may be available from additional medical sources. Therefore, it is particularly important for everyone to ensure that they keep themselves up to date with all the information from health authorities and official websites.