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Some Southern California theme parks to shutdown due to coronavirus

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Posted at 4:02 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 19:02:37-04

(KGTV) — Some California theme parks have announced temporary closures this month to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Disneyland, California Adventure, and Universal Studios have all announced temporarily closing parks to combat the spread of the virus.

Disneyland and California Adventure will close on Saturday, March 14, and remain closed through the end of the month. While the parks close this weekend, Disney hotels will stay open until Monday, March 16, before closing for the remainder of March, in order to give guests time to make travel arrangements.

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Disney says cast members at both parks will still be paid during the closures.

Guests can call Disneyland at 714-520-5050 with any questions or reservation issues.

Universal Studios Hollywood will also close Saturday and hopes to reopen March 28 "out of an abundance of caution and in response to the guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health," City News Service reports. Universal CityWalk will remain open as officials "continue to monitor the situation."

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Anyone with questions about Universal tickets can call 800- 864-8377, and use option 9, for more information.

Magic Mountain and Knott's Berry Farm have not announced any closures in response to the coronavirus.

Thursday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order suggesting public gatherings of 250 or more people be banned amid the virus outbreak. Initially, theme parks were exempt from the ban, but soon many followed suit.

"The reason we didn't do it is because of the complexity of their unique circumstances, but I assure you, we are moving quickly and effectively toward a resolution in those spaces," Newsom said.