Disney parks in California, Florida to remain closed as coronavirus spreads

FILE PHOTO: Walt Disney Co's Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks in Southern California are now closed due to the global outbreak of coronavirus in Anaheim, California, U.S., March 14, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co said on Friday its parks in California and Florida will remain closed until further notice, as authorities step up efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

The company will extend paying workers at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort through April 18.

It is unusual for Disney to close its parks.

Brief shutdowns have occurred due to hurricanes and following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.

Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila