Hong Kong Disneyland will be closed again for two weeks as the city works to contain the emerging Omicron outbreak and local officials push for a strict no-COVID policy to prevent the spread of the coronavirus variant.
Hong Kong Disneyland will be closed from Friday, January 7 to January 20 as coronavirus cases increase in the city and Hong Kong authorities announce tightening of COVID-19 health and safety restrictions- 19.
“At the request of the government and in line with ongoing containment efforts across Hong Kong, Hong Kong Disneyland will be temporarily closed from January 7-20,” said park officials. said in a statement. “Guests who plan to visit the park on the above dates should visit another day.”
What does the closure of Hong Kong Disneyland mean for Disney’s theme parks in California and Florida?
Disneyland continues to monitor and adapt its COVID-19 health and safety protocols to align with state and local guidance, according to Disneyland officials.
Disneyland updated its COVID-19 health and safety protocols in late July to ask visitors and staff wearing a mask at attractions and indoor shops and on buses, monorails and accompanying vehicles.
While closed Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland in January 2020, which foreshadowed the closure of Disneyland and Walt Disney World in March of that year, the most recent closure of Hong Kong Disneyland is unlikely to have any impact on Disney parks in USA.
Since the summer, Disney theme parks in Hong Kong and Shanghai have faced much stricter COVID-19 restrictions than those at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts.
The stark contrast in COVID-19 restrictions has largely to do with the approaches taken by local governments.
Chinese and Hong Kong health officials have imposed widespread lockdowns on social life whenever a relatively small number of new COVID-19 cases emerge.
California health officials lift most COVID-19 restrictions in June when Governor Gavin Newsom faced a recall election triggered in part by his response to the pandemic.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has taken a liberal approach to the pandemic and encouraged Disney World and the state’s tourism economy to reopen in July 2020.
Neither California nor Florida health officials have significantly stepped up COVID-19 health and safety restrictions since the omicron variant caused the most recent increase in coronavirus cases and cases hospitalization case.
In recent weeks, US officials have tightened regulations for international visitors to the US, who must now be tested for COVID-19 within a day of departing for the US, follow CNN.
Disneyland and Disney World appear from only one of these busiest time of the year during the Christmas holiday season with crowds as powerful as pre-pandemic capacity. Disney parks on both coasts show no signs of cutting attendance or ramping up COVID-19 precautions as they move in busy festival season in late winter and early spring.
The latest shutdown in Hong Kong comes amid concerns among authorities about a fifth wave of coronavirus infections due to a surge in omicron-related illnesses and hospitalizations.
Hotels and restaurants at Hong Kong Disneyland will remain open with service levels adjusted based on the latest COVID-19 health and safety regulations.
Hong Kong Disneyland has been closed by local COVID-19 restrictions more often than any other Disney park globally. The most recent closure marks the fifth closure of the Hong Kong theme park.
Disney’s Hong Kong Park has closed and reopened three times from January 2020 to February 2021 due to local COVID-19 restrictions.
Hong Kong Disneyland is temporarily closed for one day in November 2021 after a visitor tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier in November 2021, Shanghai Disneyland was temporarily closed for two days because of a single case of COVID-19. Visitors to Shanghai Disneyland have been banned from leaving the park and a mass testing site has been set up where nearly 34,000 visitors have been tested for COVID-19.
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