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Shanghai Disney Resort Closed Due to COVID-19 Concerns

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 NoticeĀ – 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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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.