ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — 3:40 p.m. update
Disney officials announced Friday that they are extending the closure of Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort until further notice due to COVID-19. A spokesman said they will continue to pay hourly parks and resort cast members through April 18.
“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.
The Walt Disney Company has been paying its cast members since the closure of the parks, and in light of this ongoing and increasingly complex crisis, we have made the decision to extend paying hourly parks and resorts cast members through April 18.”
2:50 p.m. update
Gov. Ron DeSantis provided an update on the spread of the coronavirus in Florida Friday afternoon.
He said he is planning on putting up roadblocks in the panhandle to make sure people from New Orleans and parts of Louisiana quarantine for two weeks if they come to Florida.
DeSantis said he is also suspending vacation rentals in the state for two weeks.
The governor also announced he is expanding SNAP benefits for Floridians in need.
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