Amid coronavirus spread, Tokyo Disneyland is now reopening on this date
Tokyo Disneyland will remain closed through early April instead of reopening next week.
Amid worries about the spreading coronavirus infections that have so far killed over 4,200 people across the world, Tokyo Disneyland will remain closed through early April instead of reopening next week.
The announcement was made by operator Oriental Land Co Ltd on Wednesday. The company previously said it was temporarily closing the parks from February 29 through March 15, after the government urged that big gatherings and sports events be scrapped or curtailed.
Japan has so far reported 1,264 coronavirus cases (includes 696 cases linked to Diamond Princess cruise ship) and 19 deaths.
Popular places throughout Japan, such as Tokyo Skytree, have temporarily closed in line with the government's request that they cancel or postpone large events in an effort to curb the further spread of the deadly virus that originated in China.
Meanwhile, a member of the Tokyo Games organizing committee's executive board has said it would be more realistic to postpone the Olympics by one or two years rather than cancel the games due to the coronavirus outbreak, The Wall Street Journal has reported.
"I don't think the games could be canceled, it'd be a delay," said Haruyuki Takahashi, a former senior managing director at Dentsu Inc., Japan's largest advertising agency.
"The International Olympic Committee would be in trouble if there's a cancellation. American TV rights alone provide them with a huge amount," he said.
The organizing committee released an official comment denying knowledge of Takahashi's suggestion and reaffirming the Olympics will go ahead as scheduled on July 24. "We are not aware of the details or content of the remarks. We are not considering postponing the games. Preparations for the tournament will proceed as planned," organizers said.