Disneyland Paris Employee Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Park Stays Open

A nighttime worker at Disneyland Paris has tested positive for coronavirus, but the park will stay open.

As coronavirus continues to spread across the world, many companies are taking extra precautionary measures to avoid spreading the virus, with some even encouraging their staff to work from home preventatively. But Disneyland Paris has decided to continue opening its gates despite a nighttime maintenance worker testing positive for coronavirus on Sunday.

A spokesperson for Disneyland Paris told Le Parisien that the employee had "not been in contact with park visitors since he works at night when the park is closed," and had been on sick leave in the days leading up to his diagnosis. The park management also told the French outlet that they were "taking the necessary measures with regard to this event" and would continue to remain open.

In a statement on the Disneyland Paris website, the park's doctors Cyril Warmberg, MD, and Nicolas Duport, MD, wrote that they were "carefully monitoring this evolving situation" but "welcoming guests as usual" while implementing "preventive measures in line with the recommendations of health authorities," including more frequent cleanings and increased access to handwashing facilities and hand sanitizer.

Disneyland Paris is remaining open in spite of France's new ban on public gatherings of more 1,000 people to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong Disneyland is currently closed until further notice, and Tokyo Disneyland is closed through Mar. 15. On Monday, Mar. 9, Shanghai Disney Resort announced that it would be reopening "a limited number of shopping, dining, and recreational experiences," but that Shanghai Disneyland would remain closed.

In the U.S., Disney parks seem largely unaffected by coronavirus fears thus far. Last week, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, released a statement saying they were "welcoming guests as usual" while continuing to "implement preventive measures in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health agencies."

Diana Bruk
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