Universal Studios Hollywood closing for 2 weeks due to coronavirus concerns


FILE- In this Oct. 22, 2015,file photo, park guests relax and cool off with a water mist under the globe at Universal Studios City Walk in Orlando, Fla. Universal Orlando officials announced Thursday, Aug. 1,2019, that the resort is doubling in size with plans for a fourth theme park, but they are offering almost no information on when it will open, what it will hold or how much they’re spending. The resort already operates Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, as well as the Volcano Bay water park, in Orlando. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

UNIVERSAL CITY, California (KTLA) – Universal Studios Hollywood announced Thursday it will be closing for two weeks, joining a growing list of venues closing to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The theme park will close Saturday “out of an abundance of caution” and reopen on March 28. The Universal CityWalk is set to stay open throughout this period.

“The health and safety of our team members and guests is always our top priority,” Universal Studios said in a statement to KTLA.

The theme park draws tens of thousands of visitors each day.

Universal’s announcement comes after Disney said it is closing Disneyland and California Adventure Park from Saturday through the end of the month.

The theme park closures follow Gov. Gavin Newsom’s guidance for Californians to avoid mass gatherings of over 250 people and local health officials’ please for residents to practice “social distancing.”

At least 32 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in L.A. County Thursday, including four cases suspected of being community-transmitted.

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