Tyra Banks postpones launch of ModelLand

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks has postponed the launch of ModelLand amid the global coronavirus outbreak.

The 46-year-old took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that the opening of her interactive modelling experience would be delayed until later this year.

"As advised from federal, state & local gov, & of experts from the World Health Organization, we will postpone the opening of @ModelLand until deemed safe (sic)," Tyra wrote alongside a screenshot of an official statement. "Please take care of yourselves. Find ways to connect with your loved ones digitally & utilize this time to organize & prepare for the unexpected."

The 21,000-square-foot multi-level theme park was due to open in Santa Monica, California in May. Advance ticket packages, priced from $59 to $1,495 (£51 - £1,295), had already gone on sale.

"In light of the recommendations of the CDC, WHO, and California Governor Gavin Newsom, we have decided to postpone the opening of ModelLand," a statement released by ModelLand representatives added. "Will continue to monitor the situation and determine a new date to open that is appropriate and safe.

"We remain excited to bring the wonderous world of ModelLand to you and will wait to welcome you to our attraction when the time is right."

The coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 9,400 people in the U.S., with 155 dead.

Since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December, more than 220,000 have caught the virus, and almost 9,000 have died.

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