Shanghai Disney closes due to Covid, guests can’t leave

Shanghai Disney closes due to Covid, guests can’t leave

The Shanghai Disney Resort on June 30, 2022 in Shanghai, China. Shanghai Disney Resort abruptly suspended operations on Monday to comply with Covid-19 prevention measures, with all guests at the time of the announcement to remain in the park until they return a negative test for the virus.

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Shanghai Disney Resort abruptly suspended operations on Monday to comply with Covid-19 prevention measures, with all guests at the time of the announcement to remain in the park until they return a negative test for the virus.

The resort said at 11:39 am. local time (03:39 GMT) that it will immediately close the central theme park and surrounding areas, including its shopping street, until further notice in order to comply with virus restrictions.

The Shanghai government said on its official WeChat account that the park banned people from entering or leaving, and that all visitors inside the site will have to wait for their test results before they can leave.

Anyone who had visited the park since October 27 should be tested for Covid-19 three times in three days, it said.

The theme park continued to run rides for guests who were stuck in the park during the closure on Monday, social media users reported.

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A spokesperson for Shanghai Disney Resort said the resort was still operating “limited offerings” and was following measures as directed by Chinese health authorities.

The resort had said on Saturday that it had started operating with a reduced workforce to comply with Covid measures.

Shanghai reported 10 locally transmitted cases as of Oct. 30, all of whom were asymptomatic.

The closure marks the latest disruption for the Shanghai Disney Resort, which was closed for more than three months during Shanghai’s lockdown earlier this year.

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The park was also closed for two days in November last year with more than 30,000 visitors stranded inside after authorities ordered everyone to be tested in a contact tracing exercise.

Videos released on China’s Weibo platform on Monday showed people rushing to the park’s gates, which were already locked.

Reuters was unable to verify the authenticity of the videos, and the Shanghai Disney Resort did not respond when asked how many guests were inside.

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Local authorities across China continued to impose abrupt and extreme measures to limit any chance of transmission of the virus once cases emerged, in line with the country’s extremely strict zero-tolerance approach to Covid-19.

The Universal Resort in the country’s capital, Beijing, reopened on Monday after a five-day closure, which was also prompted by virus measures.

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