Hong Kong Disneyland reopens for second time since pandemic began

Hong Kong, Sep 25 (efe-epa).- The Disneyland park in Hong Kong reopened its doors to the public today, with strict social distancing measures, after being closed for two months while the former British colony suffered a third wave of COVID-1 infections

About 100 attendees at the inauguration waited at the park gates early in the morning, after which they went to pose in front of the Castle of Magical Dreams, which is still partially hidden while undergoing a remodeling.

The theme park will reopen five days a week, with limited capacity – you also have to make a prior reservation – and with measures such as maintaining a safe distance, the mandatory use of masks and temperature controls for visitors and employees.

Interaction with iconic characters from the franchise will take place through so-called “self-monitoring points” to allow visitors to take photos with Disney characters from a safe distance, and closed-door shows will remain suspended for now.

As happened when it resumed its activity in June after closing at the end of January, tickets were sold online – with prices starting at $80 per person per day – and sold out after a few hours.

With its return to work in Hong Kong – the smallest of the firm’s facilities – the only Disney park that continues to be closed is in California, one of the states most affected by the pandemic in the United States.

The Hong Kong government partially reduced Friday some of the preventive measures taken against the coronavirus, which particularly affect bars, restaurants and nightclubs, and allowed public meetings of up to four people.

Secretary of Health Sophia Chan, announced Friday a new round of “relaxation” of the measures introduced to combat COVID-19 with the hope of “restoring greater social and economic activity” in the city.

Hong Kong health authorities reported Friday that the total number of infections since the pandemic began amounts to 5,507 people, of which 104 have died. EFE-EPA


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