Shanghai Disney Shuts Down Over Covid, Visitors Can’t Leave Without Negative Test

Shanghai’s Disney Resort was not exactly The Happiest Place On Earth on Monday. The park abruptly shut down to comply with China’s controversial zero-Covid policy, leaving all visitors trapped inside for hours until they could show a negative test for the virus.

The resort announced at 11:39 am local time it would immediately close the main theme park and surrounding areas until further notice to comply with Covid measures. The city health bureau said guests all tested negative and were allowed to leave by 8:30 pm.


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City authorities told Reuters the resort barred guests from leaving or entering after they became aware of a 31-year-old woman who had visited the park in recent days testing positive for the coronavirus.

According to reports on social media, the park continued to operate rides for people who were stuck in the park on Monday.

Shanghai reported 10 locally transmitted cases for October 30, all of which it said were people without symptoms.

China has stuck to its draconian “zero-COVID” strategy as anti-coronavirus restrictions have eased in most of the rest of the world. Entire cities in the country have shut down this year to isolate suspected cases.

This wasn’t the first Covid-related closure for the park this year. The Shanghai Disney Resort was closed for more than three months during Shanghai’s lockdown earlier this year.

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