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Tokyo Disney parks reopen after 4-month closure due to coronavirus

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Visitors pose for photo at reopened Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture on July 1, 2020. Disneyland reopened on the same day for the first time in about four months due to an outspread of coronavirus COVID-19. At the entrance of Tokyo Disneyland, staff members wearing face shields took the temperatures of visitors. Visitors are required to wear face masks, but as a countermeasure against heatstroke, they can remove the masks if they can maintain a safe distance from others. Parades are suspended for the time being because they attract large crowds, and some attractions will be unavailable even after the reopening. Seating for attractions are thinned out, and visitors are asked to keep their voices as low as possible to avoid spreading airborne droplets.( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )

All of Disney's Asia parks have now officially reopened, with Tokyo Disney Resort welcoming visitors to its two theme parks from July 1.

(CNN) — All of Disney's Asia parks have now officially reopened, with Tokyo Disney Resort welcoming visitors to its two theme parks from July 1.

Shanghai Disneyland was the world's first Disney park to reopen, welcoming guests from May 11 with protocols about social distancing and mandatory mask wearing, and Hong Kong Disneyland followed suit a month later.

Oriental Land, the company that operates the Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea parks in Japan, has announced its own guidelines for ensuring guest and staff safety going forward.

Originally, Disney had planned to reopen all 12 of its parks around the globe by mid-July 2020.

Disneyland Paris is scheduled to begin a phased reopening on July 15.

Disney World in Orlando, Florida had been slated to slowly begin a phased reopening on July 11, but has been receiving pushback from members of the workers' union who are concerned about guaranteeing safety for the many "cast members" who work at the park as Covid-19 cases continue to escalate in the area.

Some 7,000 people have signed a petition urging Disney to reconsider its reopening plan.

On the other side of the United States, the original reopening date of July 17 for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure was postponed indefinitely when the state of California declined to issue reopening guidelines for theme parks.

"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," a representative for Disney said in a statement.

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