KidZania Manila to Close Down Permanently
Indoor family entertainment center Kidzania is closing its doors permanently effective August 31, 2020.
In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, ABS-CBN said the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has proven to be too much for the company to handle.
ABS-CBN holds the Philippine franchise of the Mexican chain of the interactive kid-friendly theme parks through its subsidiary Play Innovations Inc.
“With the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing community quarantine, we have complied and suspended operations to prevent the further spread of the virus, which resulted to a massive impact on our revenues,” the statement read. “Even if we are allowed to operate in the future, the “new normal” will prohibit mass gathering and require children to remain at home. These conditions have left us with no choice but to close the play city’s doors permanently.”
Kidzania Manila first opened its doors on August 7, 2015. According to its FAQ, “Kidzania is a kid-sized city where kids can explore over 60 role-playing activities in establishments found in a real city, such as a Fire Station, Hospital, Theater, Shopping Alley, Research Labs, Factories, TV studio and even an Airport.”
“Our hearts go out to our employees,” the statement read. “We are doing everything we can to aid them at this time of uncertainty, including paying out severance benefits as mandated by law and providing job placement programs for them. We appreciate all their hard work. We are also grateful to our industry partners and the schools and families who have trusted us over the years.”
The National Telecommunications Commissions ordered ABS-CBN to shut down its broadcast services in June following the expiry of its congressional franchise. The House of Representatives denied the company’s application to renew earlier thos month.
ABS-CBN also closed down its home shopping network and has reportedly initiated plans to lay off a majority of its staff by the end of August 2020.