Disneyland Paris will close temporarily, in the wake of the French government’s announcement of a nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.

A statement on the theme park’s website said: “In line with latest direction from the French authorities, Disneyland Paris will be closing end of day on October 29.

“In anticipation of celebrating the Christmas holiday season we will be taking reservations from December 19-January 3 and hope to be open based on prevailing conditions and government guidance at that time.

“Disneyland Paris will be closed from January 4 through February 12. Please check back on the website for regular updates. If you have a booking with us during the above-mentioned periods, please check here for our latest commercial conditions.”

From Friday (October 30), people in France will only be allowed to leave home for essential work or medical reasons.

President Emmanuel Macron said the country risked being “overwhelmed by a second wave that no doubt will be harder than the first”.

Its lockdown comes as Germany is preparing for a less severe national lockdown, which starts on Monday (November 2).

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