At least two countries in Europe have closed their theme parks again in the past week, as the number of Covid-19 cases rises in more nations around the world.
On Friday, Belgium ordered parks in that nation to close, while yesterday Italy issued the same order as part of extended business closures in that nation. Elsewhere, France has extended curfews, and Germany has issued new travel restrictions that will force visitors from more countries to quarantine when entering.
Many parks across the continent normally would be closing for the season around this time of year, but an expansion of stay at home orders on the continent would hurt parks with extended schedules that were looking to recoup at least some income from a mostly lost 2020 season.
Among the top 10 most-attended parks in Europe in 2019, according to the TEA Theme Index Report, Sweden's Liseberg did not reopen after the pandemic hit. Spain's PortAventura closed on October 16, but plans to return on weekends starting October 31. Italy's Gardaland is now closed, and France's Parc Asterix closes for the season on Sunday. But the remaining six parks — Disneyland Paris's two parks, Europa Park, Efteling, Tivoli Gardens, and Legoland Windsor — remain open, though subject to international travel restrictions.
You can track Covid-19 cases across the world on the World Health Organization website. For state-by-state data in the United States, I have been following the Washington Post's dashboard, which includes the latest seven-day rolling averages.
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