Shanghai Disney is the latest high-profile venue to close thanks to China’s. Strict zero-Covid policy, which locks visitors inside. People have been told they cannot leave the theme park until they have a negative to show. The test comes after Shanghai reported 10 locally transmitted cases on Saturday. China’s controversial zero-Covid policy has already resulted in millions of people being repeatedly jailed. Sometimes in unusual places. Sudden nature lockdowns have caused. People to flee stores, including a branch in Shanghai. from Swedish furniture giant Ikea and workspaces trying not to get locked indoors.
Those awaiting their freedom at Shanghai Disney can rejoice in one positive aspect. The attractions for those trapped in “The Happiest Place on Earth” will continue to operate. In addition to the amusement park, surrounding areas such as. The shopping street were abruptly closed shortly after 11:30 a.m. local time (3:30 GMT). Videos posted to Chinese social networking site Weibo showed people rushing to the park gates after the announcement, only to find them locked. In a post on Chinese social media site.
WeChat, the Shanghai government said the park would ban people from entering and residents. Would not be able to leave until they tested negative. He added that anyone who has visited the. Park since Thursday must provide three negative test results for three consecutive days.
No date has been given for the park’s reopening. Shanghai Disney said tickets will be valid for six months and refunds will be given. The immediate closure comes just two days after the park began operating at a reduced capacity to comply with Covid measures. It’s not the first time the park has unexpectedly closed. Last November, 30,000 people were trapped after authorities ordered everyone to be contact-traced.
Almost three years since China reported its first case of coronavirus, authorities across the country continue to impose abrupt and extreme measures to halt transmission of the virus. Millions of people are under 200 different lockdowns in China starting October 24, when the country of 1.45 billion people is registering more than 1,000 new Covid cases every day. The numbers are considered relatively small outbreaks in other parts of the world. Earlier this month, however, Chinese President Xi
Jinping signaled there would be no relaxation of the zero-Covid policy aimed at ending all outbreaks, calling it a “people’s war to stop the spread of the virus”.
The Chinese government’s insistence on increasingly unpopular policies comes as the economy continues to suffer, with GDP down 2.6% qoq in the three months to the end of June.