Coronavirus:‌ ‌Auckland‌ ‌theme‌ ‌park‌ ‌Rainbow's‌ ‌End‌ ‌closed‌ ‌temporarily‌ ‌

New‌ ‌Zealand's‌ ‌largest‌ ‌theme‌ ‌park,‌ ‌Rainbow's‌ ‌End,‌ ‌has‌ ‌announced‌ ‌a‌ ‌temporary‌ ‌closure‌ ‌amid‌ ‌the‌ ‌country's‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌outbreak.‌ ‌

On‌ ‌Monday,‌ ‌Prime‌ ‌Minister‌ ‌Jacinda‌ ‌Ardern‌ ‌suggested‌ ‌all‌ ‌mass‌ ‌gatherings‌ ‌with‌ ‌more‌ ‌than‌ ‌500‌ ‌attendees‌ ‌should‌ ‌be‌ ‌cancelled.‌ Four more‌ ‌cases‌ ‌of‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌were‌ ‌confirmed‌ ‌on‌ ‌Tuesday, bringing‌ ‌the‌ ‌country's‌ ‌total‌ ‌to‌ ‌12.‌ ‌

Rainbow's‌ ‌End,‌ ‌based‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Auckland‌ ‌suburb‌ ‌of‌ ‌Manukau,‌ ‌declared‌ ‌its‌ ‌closure‌ ‌on‌ ‌Tuesday‌ ‌in‌ ‌response‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Government's‌ ‌updated‌ ‌precautionary‌ ‌measures.‌ ‌

"On March 16 the Ministry of Heath updated precautionary measures to include a more comprehensive list of social isolation recommendations, and also advised the cancellation of mass gatherings of over 500 people," the‌ ‌theme‌ ‌park's team said in a statement on its website

"As a precautionary measure for the wellbeing of our community,  Rainbow’s End will be closed from Tuesday March 17, while we await further instruction from the Ministry of Health that is due later this week.

"We‌ ‌are‌ ‌actively‌ ‌following‌ ‌recommendations‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌Ministry‌ ‌of‌ ‌Health‌ ‌to‌ ‌do‌ ‌our‌ ‌part‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌safety‌ ‌and‌ ‌wellbeing‌ ‌of‌ ‌our‌ ‌team‌ ‌and‌ ‌community."

Customers‌ ‌who‌ ‌have‌ ‌booked‌ ‌tickets‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌day‌ ‌within‌ ‌the‌ ‌closure‌ ‌period‌ ‌are‌ ‌urged‌ ‌to‌ ‌discuss‌ ‌an‌ ‌alternate‌ ‌date‌ ‌or‌ ‌refund‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌team.‌ ‌

Rainbow's‌ ‌End‌ ‌reopening‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌dependent‌ ‌on‌ ‌advice‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌Ministry‌ ‌of‌ ‌Health and any developments will be posted to its website and social media channels.‌

Theme‌ ‌parks‌ ‌have‌ ‌been‌ ‌closed‌ ‌worldwide‌ ‌in‌ ‌response‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌novel‌ ‌coronavirus‌ ‌pandemic.‌ ‌ ‌

Disneyland‌ ‌Resort‌ ‌and‌ ‌Disney‌ ‌California‌ ‌Adventure‌ ‌in‌ ‌Los‌ ‌Angeles‌ ‌closed‌ ‌on‌ ‌Saturday‌ ‌and‌ ‌will‌ ‌remain‌ ‌closed‌ ‌until‌ ‌the‌ ‌end‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌month.‌ ‌

Disney‌ ‌has‌ ‌also‌ ‌closed‌ ‌parks‌ ‌in‌ ‌Shanghai,‌ ‌Japan‌ ‌and‌ ‌Hong‌ ‌Kong.‌