AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – More than 50 Austin attractions are set to close for the second time in two weeks after an outbreak of coronaviruses, with the city’s tourism industry calling for a return to normalcy.
The Austin Visitors Bureau (AVB) said in a statement on Friday it is shutting down some of its popular attractions including the “Ace Hotel” in the city.
It said that, with a peak population of about 7,000 people, the “airport, water park and theme park will close on Saturday.”
The park has already been closed for a week due to the outbreak, but the closure is only temporary.
Ace hotels and other hotels that offer outdoor and indoor activities, including the Ace of Spades, will remain open.
The airport, the city of Austin and other facilities, including water parks, will also remain open, AVB said.
It added that it will not reopen “for any special events or other public events that would create disruption for the general public.”
“It is important to note that the majority of the Austin tourism industry is operating normally, and we have no plans to make any changes at this time,” the statement said.
The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. has risen to 9,569, including more than 8,000 from Texas.
The virus has spread rapidly through Asia and the Middle East, and has killed more than 1,000 in the United States.
The U.N. said on Friday that the global spread of the virus had reached 3.4 million, more than three times the number of deaths in 2014.
The world is on track to have more than 6 million new cases this year, with some countries including Mexico, Colombia and Indonesia reporting higher totals.
In the United Kingdom, there have been five coronavaccine deaths.
In Australia, the latest deaths included a man who died on Thursday and another who died in hospital on Friday.
In Texas, there were four deaths, two of them on Friday, in addition to the two in the hospitals.