HONG KONG (REUTERS) – Hong Kong Disneyland Park will close for a day on Wednesday (November 17) to allow staff to take mandatory Covid-19 tests after authorities discovered that a person who visited the park theme over the weekend was infected with the coronavirus.
Disneyland, majority owned by the city government with Walt Disney holding a minority stake, said in a statement the shutdown was “over-cautious” and advised visitors to reschedule.
Anyone who has visited the park, which has had to close several times for extended periods since the start of the pandemic, on Nov. 14 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. should also get tested by Thursday, the government said separately.
Although they have recorded virtually no cases of local coronavirus in recent months, authorities at the world financial center have tightened the rules for quarantine and discharge of patients.
Hong Kong is following Beijing’s lead by maintaining strict travel restrictions, in contrast to a global trend to open up and live with the coronavirus.
The city government hopes the stricter rules will convince China, its main source of economic growth, to gradually open its border with Hong Kong.
At Shanghai Disneyland last month, guests who were already inside were asked to undergo exit tests related to Covid-19 investigations linked to other Chinese provinces and cities.
International trade lobby groups have warned that Hong Kong could lose talent and investment, as well as competitive ground for competing financial centers such as Singapore, unless it eases its travel restrictions.
The president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong said on Tuesday that she was resigning because she could not appeal to the authorities to relax the restrictions on Covid-19 at the same time that she had to quarantine herself.
JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon, who was in Hong Kong on Monday and was exempt from quarantine under current rules for some executives, said the city’s Covid-19 policy made it harder to retain workers.