The authorities in China imposed a lockdown on Shanghai Disneyland on 31 October, where visitors had to test negative for the coronavirus before being allowed to leave the theme park.
This comes in the wake of several lockdowns being imposed as China continues the pursuit of their controversial zero-Covid policy.
About 20,000 people were inside the theme park, with many of them trapped inside.
The government of the city said via an online notice that visitors of the theme park were not allowed to leave until their “on-site testing returns a negative result”, according to Reuters.
Visitors who have visited the part from 27 October onwards had to test negative for the virus over 3 consecutive days.
Visitors were also advised not to join in group activities.
Disney said in a statement that they were closing temporarily with immediate effect in accordance with disease control requirements.
Shanghai Disney Resort’s statement
In order to follow the requirement of pandemic prevention and control, Shanghai Disney Resort, including Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown and Wishing Star Park will be closed starting Monday, October 31, 2022, with immediate effect.
We will notify guests as soon as we have a confirmed date to resume operations.
We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide refund or exchanges for all guests impacted during this period.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
Shanghai Disney Resort
October 31, 2022
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