Gold Coast theme parks Movie World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild, along with Paradise Country and Topgolf, have closed their doors due to the coronavirus crisis.
Village Roadshow Theme Parks confirmed the news on Sunday afternoon, revealing they have made the tough decision to temporarily shut following “recent Government announcements and the increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases both nationally and on the Gold Coast.”
“At Village Roadshow Theme Parks our number one priority has been and will always be the health and safety of our guests and team members,” the company said.
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“This is an extremely challenging time, and this is not a decision which was made lightly.”
The theme park’s owners confirmed staff will be provided access to their accrued leave entitlements whilst they are stood down.
Executives salaries have also been reduced.
“As a result of this closure, unfortunately many team members have been temporarily stood down during this period,” VRTP said.
“The decision has been made to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of the business, and most importantly to secure future jobs for our team members.”
“We are engaging with our team members to support them during this period.”
At this stage, Sea World Resort and Village Roadshow Studios are continuing to operate.
“VRTP will continuously review the situation and be guided by the Queensland Hotels Association and appropriate levels of Government,” the company said.
“Since COVID-19 emerged, VRTP has worked closely with Government and leading experts to ensure that at all times it has adopted the highest level of health & safety practices.”
The theme parks will be closed from close of business on Sunday 22 March and are expected to remain shut until at least 31 March.
“We will continue to provide updates in a timely manner,” Village Roadshow said.