Universal Studios Japan to reopen June 8 after three-month shutdown


Universal Studios Japan will reopen its doors on June 8 to annual ticket holders who live in Osaka Prefecture after being closed for around three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the operator said Monday.

USJ LLC, the operator of the amusement park in the city of Osaka, said it will gradually lift restrictions and plans to allow all Osaka Prefecture residents to enter from June 15.

It said it will then admit those living in the wider Kinki region also covering Kyoto, Hyogo, Nara, Wakayama and Shiga prefectures from June 19.

Meanwhile, Oriental Land Co., which runs Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, said Monday it will extend the parks’ closure due to fears visitors will come from across the nation and possibly lead to a renewed spread of the virus.

The company said it will announce reopening dates after preparations are complete. A decision on when to open a new area at Tokyo Disneyland will be decided after the parks are again operating, it added.

Tokyo Disney Resort and USJ have been closed since Feb. 29 to aid in Japan’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Although Japan completely lifted its state of emergency last week, the government is still asking citizens to refrain from crossing prefectural borders until June 19.

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