In an address to the nation yesterday (13 April 2020) French President Emmanuel Macron announced that the country’s lockdown will be in force until at least 11 May 2020, and that borders with other countries would remain shut until the crisis was resolved.
Warning that the new date might not mean a guaranteed stand down from the country’s preventive measures against the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Macron said: “May 11 will only be possible if we continue to be responsible civic respecting the rules and that the spread of the virus has actually continued to slow.”
It was also announced that outdoor sporting events, festivals, and entertainment and leisure venues would not reopen until two months later in July 2020.
Officials have warned that the situation remains serious – especially in the Ile-de-France region around Paris – with no rapid return to normal in sight.
On the assumption that restrictions are lifted in France on 11 May, could Disneyland Paris possibly resume operations in August or September once the new heath and wellbeing procedures as discussed recently by Walt Disney Company Chairman Bob Iger are implemented at the restort to ensure the safety of Guests and Cast Members against the Coronavirus.
Following the cancellation of the employment contracts of the restorts temporary summer season Cast Members, Disneyland Paris would find it difficult to resume full operations until mid September.
With plans for schools throughout Europe to reopen in early September after a seven month shut down, would Euro Disney SCA President Natacha Rafalski make the decision that it would be financially viable to fully reopen the entire resort in August? or wait and reopen in September?
From the safety of the lockdown bunker deep in the basement of Salon Mickey Towers – Duffy and I envisage a phased reopening of Disneyland Paris.
With the two theme parks Parc Disneyland and the Walt Disney Studios Park reopening in August 2020 to enable temporary Cast Members to be trained and the new health procedures implemented.
Following with the reopening of the resorts seven themed Disney Hotel’s in mid September. In time for the beginning of Disney’s Halloween Festival.