June 24, 2021

Super Nintendo World Could Be Forced To Close Just One Month After Opening

Super Nintendo WorldSuper Nintendo World© Nintendo

With rising cases and concern surrounding the coronavirus in Universal Studios Japan’s home prefecture of Osaka, the Super Nintendo World theme park could soon be forced to close just one month after opening its doors to the public.

Earlier this month, Universal Studios Japan had no choice but to limit visitor numbers as daily COVID-19 cases hit record figures across Osaka. With the UK strain of the coronavirus now causing even higher daily cases across the prefecture, Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura has announced that he plans to upgrade its current quasi-Emergency status to a full State of Emergency Declaration (thanks, WDW News Today).

According to Kyodo News, this proposed Emergency would mean that locations “where infection risks are high” – including Super Nintendo World’s home at Universal Studios Japan – would be forced to close. This wouldn’t be the first time that USJ has had to temporarily shut it doors; the park also closed for 99 days between February and June last year.

Despite Osaka’s current quasi-Emergency restrictions (which limits public gathering and travel without entering into a full lockdown), the prefecture reportedly recorded a “record-shattering” 1219 new coronavirus cases on Sunday.

Thanks to Toy_Link for the tip!

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