UniversalUniversal Orlando parks closing over coronavirus John Gregory 03/12/2020 Universal Editor’s Note: Since this story was originally published, Universal Orlando has announced the closure of CityWalk (beginning March 17) and its on-site hotels (beginning March 17). From March 16 through the end of the month, Universal Orlando’s two theme parks will close due to the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s the full statement from Alyson Lundell, Universal Orlando’s senior director of public relations: Out of an abundance of caution and to assist with our nation’s preventive efforts, Universal Orlando Resort will temporarily close its theme parks. The closure is effective at the close of business on Sunday, March 15. We anticipate remaining closed through the end of March – but will continue to evaluate the situation. We have created flexible programs for those guests who have booked travel packages or tickets with us. Guests can call this number for more information: 877-801-9720. A core group of team members will continue to work on site. Hourly team members will be paid for any work scheduled through the end of March. The timeframe matches the closure of Disney World parks, also announced on Thursday. Earlier in the day, Universal Studios Hollywood announced it will close from March 14 to 28. Universal Studios Japan in Osaka has been closed since Feb. 29, and will remain closed through early April. For reliable information on the COVID-19 virus, please visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.