China was just staring its movie industry up again in parts of the country when the government dramatically ordered them to close down again.
If the Chinese numbers are to be believed, and there are global doubts as to the accuracy of their claims given some other troubling reports, the spread of COVID-19 would appear to have slowed in China.
However since China started allowing overseas citizens home there has been a dramatic increase in what is known as “imported cases”. Over 50 yesterday alone.
The Chinese plan to re-release big movies to kick start the sector is now in tatters.
Closer to home, both Disney main centres in LA and Orlando were originally meant to re-open next Wednesday after a temporary Coronavirus shutdown. The Walt Disney Co. announced on Friday that the California and Florida parks will remain closed now until further notice. Park employees will continued to be paid until April 18th when the situation will be reviewed. The Disney statement said:
“While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains The Walt Disney Company’s top priority. As a result of this unprecedented pandemic and in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed until further notice.”
Disneyland and Disney World both closed up over the weekend of 14th March.