Halloween saw some characters that no one wanted to see at Shanghai Disney Resort. Health workers in hazmat suits arrived. All Guests at Shanghai Disneyland and the shopping district Disneytown were required to take a COVID test before they were allowed to leave. This was because one woman who visited on Saturday, October 30 tested positive for COVID-19. The following announcement was then posted on the top of the Shanghai Disney Resort Website:
Shanghai Disney Resort Important Notice – November 01, 2021
In order to follow the requirement of pandemic prevention and control, Shanghai Disneyland and Disneytown will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, November 1-2, 2021. 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 exchange for all guests impacted during this period.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
Shanghai Disney Resort
October 31, 2021
Reports state that almost 34,000 Guests were tested, and that all of those results came back negative. Guests were then allowed to return to their homes or hotel rooms, there was no mass quarantine. They were instructed to self-quarantine and test again 24 hours later. They were also instructed to monitor their health for 12 more days.
While closing for one case seems extreme, these are the lengths that the Chinese government will go to so that there will not be another major outbreak in the country. China is set to host the Winter Olympic Games in February, 2022, and precautions are being taken to make sure that the Games do not become a super spreader event.
Shanghai Disney Resort was the first of the Disney Parks to close due to COVID-19. It closed on January 25, 2020, and remained closed for three and a half months. It was also the first park to open again with strict safety protocols. It reopened on May 11, 2020. Some of the protocols have since been relaxed, but as the recent closure shows, COVID-19 is still being taken seriously.
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