Hong Kong Disneyland closes for a day as staff pass COVID-19 tests

A locked door is seen after the closure of the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park, following the coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong, China on January 26, 2020. REUTERS / Tyrone Siu / File Photo

HONG KONG, Nov. 17 (Reuters) – Hong Kong Disneyland Park will close for a day on Wednesday to allow staff to take mandatory COVID-19 tests after authorities discovered that someone who visited the theme park this weekend was infected with the coronavirus.

Disneyland, majority owned by the city government with Walt Disney (DIS.N) 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 testing 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 Hong Kong American Chamber of Commerce said on Tuesday that she was resigning because she could not appeal to authorities to relax COVID-19 restrictions at the same time that she had to quarantine herself . Read more

JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) 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 more difficult to retain staff. Read more

Report by Twinnie Siu and Marius Zaharia; Editing by Stephen Coates

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