It’s a sad day for children and kids-at-heart because the beloved amusement facility, KidZania Manila, is permanently ceasing its operations.
KidZania Manila is just among the number of businesses that were hit the hardest by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It also seems that the denial of a fresh franchise of ABS-CBN Network in Congress likewise affected its plans for future operations, as it is a subsidiary owned by ABS-CBN Corporation.
“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. 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,” ABS-CBN said in a statement.
“Our hearts go out to our employees. We are doing everything we can to aid them at this time of uncertainty,” it added. The company also assured that severance benefits and job placement programs will be provided to the affected employees.
The shutdown will be effective on August 31, 2020.
KidZania Manila, located in Taguig City, operated for five years as a place for kids to try different role-playing activities in different establishments, such as a fast-food chain, a pharmacy, a publishing company, a beauty salon, and more.
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