Hong Kong Disneyland to shut again as coronavirus cases spike

New Delhi (NVI): Hong Kong Disneyland will once again close its gates from July 15, just a month after reopening, due to the rising coronavirus cases in the region, the Walt Disney Company said.

The theme park had re-opened on June 18 after it was originally closed at the end of January during the first surge of Covid-19 cases in the region.

After re-opening, visitors and staff were required to wear face masks, follow social distancing norms and go through temperature screenings upon entry.

The re-closure of Hong Kong Disneyland comes days after the company opened its most important resort: Walt Disney World in Orlando.

“As required by the government and health authorities in line with prevention efforts taking place across Hong Kong, the Disneyland park will temporarily close from July 15,” a Disney spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort hotels will remain open with enhanced health and safety measures in place.

Apart from its Disneyland park, Hong Kong’s Ocean Park is also seeing a temporary closure. The announcement came on its official website, “The park will cease operation from July 14 to 21 to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic with all reservations during the period cancelled.”

Hong Kong is also tightening social distancing measures amid growing worries about another wave of coronavirus infection.

The region will limit public gatherings from 50 to four people starting from tomorrow, with 12 types of high-risk venues, including beauty salons, fitness centers, bars, and movie theaters, suspended for seven days.

Hong Kong has recorded 52 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, a new high since the re-emergence of the pandemic, according to health authorities.

Since January, the region has reported 1,522 confirmed coronavirus cases and eight deaths.

-RJV/CHK