The coronavirus outbreak is causing closures all around the world, and many locations are having to reconsider their operating season. Late on Tuesday afternoon, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood announced that their temporary closures are going to be extended nearly three weeks, moving into mid-April.
Less than two weeks ago, an announcement was made to close these theme parks through the end of March, as reported by The Inquisitr. At first, the theme parks were closed alongside CityWalk, with the resort hotels quickly following suit once all guests could make arrangements to return home.
Universal did state that it was going to continue to monitor the situation in case changes needed to be made, and that appears to be what has now occurred.
Shortly after 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, the Universal Orlando Resort Twitter account confirmed the extension of the closure. The theme parks — and CityWalk — will remain closed through Sunday, April 19, at a minimum. That places the tentative reopening date around Monday, April 20, but any prospective re-opening will depend on further monitoring and information.
As stated, the Universal Orlando Resort hotels have also temporarily suspended operations.
— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) March 30, 2020
Barely 15 minutes after the announcement from Universal Orlando, the company’s California parks followed up with a similar post. Universal Studios Hollywood has also announced that its theme park, and attached CityWalk, will remain closed through April 19.
The closures of the Universal parks on both coasts began on March 15, and being shuttered for two weeks is nearly unprecedented. With these temporary measures being extended, that will mark more than one month during which time not a single guest has been welcomed into the theme parks.
There has been no word from Walt Disney World or Disneyland so far as to their plans given the current coronavirus pandemic. The companies have already confirmed that they will be closed through the end of March — with a possible reopening date of April 1 — but also that they are closely monitoring the situation, and will make adjustments as necessary.
Universal will continue to pay its salaried team members at their current rate, with non-salaried full-time and part-time team members also being paid based on their average workweek. This pay structure has been in place since the initial closure dates, and will reportedly keep going through the extension.
Currently, there is no definite reopening date for both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort. However, fans hope that further details will emerge shortly.