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The unhappiest place on earth? Visitors to Shanghai Disney are trapped in the park after the outbreak of COVID-19


The Shanghai Disney Resort abruptly suspended operations on Monday to comply with COVID-19 prevention measures, and all visitors at the time of the announcement were ordered to remain in the park until they returned a negative test for the virus.
The resort said at 11:39 a.m. local time that it would immediately close the main theme park and surrounding areas, including the shopping street, until further notice to enforce virus curbs.

The Shanghai government said on its official WeChat account that the park is banning people from entering and leaving, and that all visitors to the site will have to wait for their test results before they can leave the park.

Anyone who has visited the park since Oct. 27 will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test three times within three days, the statement said.
The theme park continued to operate rides for visitors who were stuck in the park during Monday’s closure, according to social media users.
A spokesperson for the Shanghai Disney Resort said the resort is still operating with “limited offerings” and that they are following the guidelines of Chinese health authorities.
The resort on Saturday said it had begun operating with reduced staff to comply with COVID-19 measures.

Shanghai reported 10 cases of local transmission as of October 30, all of them asymptomatic people.

The closure marks the latest disruption at the Shanghai Disney Resort, which was closed for more than three months during Shanghai’s lockdown earlier this year.
The park was also closed for two days last November with more than 30,000 visitors stranded after authorities ordered all of them to be tested as part of contact tracing.
Videos circulating on the Chinese platform Weibo on Monday showed people rushing to the park’s gates, which had already been closed.
Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the video, and the Shanghai Disney Resort did not respond to a question about how many guests were inside.
Local authorities across China continue to implement drastic and extreme measures to reduce any possibility of transmission of the virus after cases emerge, in line with the country’s ultra-strict zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19.

The Universal Resort in the country’s capital, Beijing, reopened on Monday after a five-day closure that was also prompted by virus measures.


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