Mickey and Donald roll out the red carpet as Shanghai Disneyland reopens under China’s easier Covid-19 rules
- Shanghai Disneyland’s rides, shows, restaurants and hotels would resume business starting Thursday, according to a statement on the theme park’s website
- Some attractions and facilities may have to operate at reduced capacity or may be unavailable
The amusement park’s rides, shows, restaurants and hotels would resume business starting Thursday, although some attractions and facilities may have to operate at reduced capacity or may be unavailable, Disney said in a statement on its website.
“The reopening is a signature event for the revival of domestic tourism in China,” said Wang Qi, the chief executive of MegaTrust Investment (Hong Kong). There is “strong pent-up demand for leisure and hospitality services, as China takes steps to remove its anti-Covid restrictions,” he said.
Shanghai’s authorities dropped the requirement for new inbound travellers to undergo nucleic acid tests, and lifted the five-day ban on their access to public venues in response to the new measures.
China’s current wave of outbreaks appear to have come under control, underscoring the conclusion that the high caseload did not correlate with a high mortality rate, saving the nation’s healthcare system from strain.
China reported 21,165 new infections in the previous 24 hours on Wednesday, marking the smallest daily increase in about a month, according to the health commission’s data. Shanghai notched up 366 new cases, most of them found in quarantined areas, indicating that the disease was not spreading in the community.
At its most extreme, health authorities ordered a sudden closure of Shanghai Disneyland on Halloween Day, trapping thousands inside the amusement park overnight while they waited for their nucleic acid results to turn negative before they were allowed to leave.