Shanghai Disneyland suspends entry on Halloween, parkgoers required to take Covid tests to exit

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Nighttime fireworks and light shows are viewed by visitors at the Disneyland castle in Shanghai (China), August 7, 2021. Barcroft Media

BEIJING Shanghai Disney Resort closed its doors late Sunday night and requested that all visitors get coronavirus testing, hours before Halloween. In its announcement suspending temporary entry and halting operations for certain attractions, the resort operator mentioned cooperation with "pandemic investigations in other provinces or cities". The company stated that outdoor entertainment would continue as planned in a statement posted on Chinese social media platform Weibo at 6:05 PM Sunday. In the past few weeks, Mainland China reported new coronavirus cases. These were mostly located in Inner Mongolia and other northern regions.

A few cases of domestically transmitted coronavirus were reported in other regions over the weekend. One new case was reported by Hangzhou from a Shanghai-bound traveler. This case could not be directly linked to Disneyland. Shanghai Disney Resort guests must take a nucleic acids test for coronavirus after exiting. A second test will be taken 24 hours later. The company added that Shanghai Disneyland and Disneytown would close Monday and Tuesday. Shanghai city stated that anyone who has visited any of the Disney venues since Saturday will also need to be tested. The municipal government reported that 33,863 people had been tested negative as of Monday morning. There were no new positive cases for Sunday. The 43% owned by Disney is Shanghai Disney Resort. They offer refunds and exchanges for tickets from Oct. 31, Nov. 1, and Nov. 2.