TUI cancels all Disney World and Florida holidays

TUI has cancelled all holidays to Florida for its customers in the UK and Ireland up to the end of November "due to the ongoing uncertainty around international travel restrictions and the unprecedented impact of Covid-19".

Friday, 26th June 2020, 10:42 am
Updated Friday, 26th June 2020, 10:44 am

The firm said in a statement: "The decision has been made following new health and safety measures implemented at Walt Disney World to ensure the safety of its guests.

"These changes would significantly impact the holiday experience for many Tui customers who plan their magical and often once in a lifetime Florida holiday."

Disney has postponed the reopening of two theme parks until it receives guidelines from the state government in California.

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Disney has postponed the reopening of two theme parks until it receives guidelines from the state government in California.PA Photo/The Walt Disney Company

It had hoped to reopen Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim on July 17 after a four-month closure due to the coronavirus.

But California said it would not issue guidelines until after July 4, the company said.

The company said: "Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials."

Governor Gavin Newsom "appreciates Disney's responsiveness to his concerns about reopening amid the recent increases in Covid-19 infections across many Southern California counties," his spokesman Nathan Click said.

"The governor, the state and our public health experts continue to be in contact with the company and their workers - as well as other theme parks in the state - as we track and combat the spread of the virus."

The company said it still planned to proceed with reopening Disney World in Florida on July 11, while Disney resorts in Shanghai and Hong Kong have already reopened.

California is seeing a Covid-19 spike, recording a 69% increase in new cases this week.

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