Disneyland Shanghai closes due to Covid-19 4 days after reopening

Shanghai, China, Nov 29 (EFE).- The Disneyland theme park in Shanghai announced Tuesday it would temporarily close over a Covid-19 outbreak just four days on from reopening after being shut for a month due to the same reason.

The parts of the complex that had reopened a week before the amusement park – the Disneytown shopping street and a nearby park – and the two hotels will continue to “operate normally,” the management statement said, without announcing a new reopening date.

The park was closed on Oct. 31 due to the discovery of a Covid-19 case who had visited it, leaving nearly 19,000 people inside trapped for hours until they underwent a PCR test and obtained a negative result.

After its reopening Thursday, all visitors had to show a negative PCR test certificate from the last 48 hours, pass a body temperature test, show their health QR code on a mobile application, scan QR codes to check in and wear a mask at all times.

After the local government banned people from other parts of the country from entering public places for five days, Disneyland said they could visit the park and ride attractions, but could not eat in restaurants or access stores.

Disneyland Shanghai has already been closed for more than three months – between the end of March and the end of June – within the framework of the strict confinement dictated by authorities amid the worst Covid-19 outbreak since the start of the pandemic, caused by the contagious omicron variant.

Although new infections in the city are still well below those in the spring and those now registered in other parts of the country, they broke their record this week at a national level and are still close to 40,000, an intolerable rate for Chinese authorities, rooted in their “zero covid-19” strategy. EFE


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