Major Anaheim attractions such as Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, the Angels and Ducks, will close temporarily in the wake of Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order restricting public gatherings during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Disneyland Resort issued a statement earlier today:
While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month.
The Hotels of Disneyland Resort will remain open until Monday, March 16 to give guests the ability to make necessary travel arrangements; Downtown Disney will remain open. We will monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state officials and health agencies. Disney will continue to pay cast members during this time.
Disneyland Resort will work with guests who wish to change or cancel their visits, and will provide refunds to those who have hotel bookings during this closure period. We anticipate heavy call volume over the next several days and appreciate guests’ patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries.
Disney will continue to pay idled cast members during the temporary shutdown.
Angels, Ducks Suspend Play
Major League Baseball is suspending spring training and delaying the start of the 2020 season, which had been scheduled to start on March 26. The Angels were scheduled to play the Astros in Houston that day, and play the Astros again in their own home opener on April 3.
The Angels released the following statement:
“MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. announced that MLB has decided to suspend Spring Training games and to delay the start of the 2020 regular season by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our fans, players and employees. MLB and the Angels will continue to take the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts. We send our best wishes to all individuals and communities that have been impacted by coronavirus.”
The National Hockey League has taken similar action, announcing this morning that it will pause 2019-2020 league play beginning with tonight’s games. Part of the impetus for the NHL decision was news that an National Basketball Association athlete had tested positive for coronavirus: the NHL and NBS share many of the same arenas. The Big West Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, which was scheduled for the Honda Center today through March 14, has been cancelled.
Anaheim Arena Management issued this statement:
The Anaheim Ducks and Anaheim Arena Management (AAM) fully support the decisions made by both the office of California Governor Gavin Newsom and the National Hockey League (NHL) impacting upcoming events at Honda Center. In addition to the announcement by the NHL that the season will be paused, all other events scheduled to take place at Honda Center through March 31 have been postponed.
These unprecedented steps are being taken for the betterment and well-being of a community we are proud to be part of. The health of everyone associated with all of our events – including fans, staff, and players/performers – has and will continue to be our number one priority.
State of the City, Other City Events Postponed
The City of Anaheim is also taking steps in keeping with Governor Newsom’s executive order facilitate coronavirus containment by limiting or postponing non-essential gatherings of 250 or more people through at least the end of March.
According to the city website, the following actions have been taken:
- Deferring events at the Anaheim Convention Center through March 31 for rescheduling later.
- Putting off city events involving more than 250 people, and, in many cases, those with less than 250 people.
- Coordinating with recreational soccer, softball and other sports leagues on best practices with the potential of postponement.
- City Hall, community centers and libraries remain open. Community services and library programs and larger events will be deferred and subject to change.
- Events and gatherings for seniors, a sensitive population, will be deferred.
- State of the City featuring Mayor Harry Sidhu, put on the by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, will be rescheduled from March 23 to a new, forthcoming date in coming weeks.
WonderCon, the popular sci-fi and comic convention operated by Comic-Con that draws thousands of cosplayers to the Anaheim Convention Center every spring, just announced it is postponing its April 10-12 show:
To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health announced a recommendation that gatherings and events of more than 250 people should either be postponed or canceled.
Comic-Con (organizer of WonderCon Anaheim) will abide by this recommendation. Therefore WonderCon Anaheim, scheduled for April 10-12, 2020 in Anaheim, California, will be postponed until a later date. We will begin processing refunds for badge purchases in the coming days.
We are working diligently with the City of Anaheim and we hope to have additional updates soon!
Nederlander Concerts, which operates the city-owned City National Grove of Anaheim, has also announced it will postpone the remainder of its March concert schedule to future dates.
“In a short amount of time, the city and our partners have stepped up and taken decisive action,” said Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu.
“This is a temporary pause in the best interest of public health. The things that make Anaheim so great will be welcoming everyone back very soon.”
Anaheim’s transit facility, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, better known as ARTIC, continues operations.