We had previously reported back in July that Hong Kong Disneyland in China was shutting down again due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Now it looks like they are planning to reopen once again!
Here is the official statement from Hong Kong Disneyland’s Twitter:
Official Message from Hong Kong Disneyland Resort: We welcome the government’s announcement to gradually relax the health and safety measures. Our reopening plan will follow the health authorities’ guidelines in a measured manner. pic.twitter.com/5gelu6utfZ
— Disney Magical Kingdom Blog (@DMK_Blog) September 8, 2020
“We welcome the government’s announcement to gradually relax the health and safety measures. Our reopening plan will follow the health authorities’ guidelines in a measured manner.”
This second reopening will hopefully be the final one for Hong Kong Disneyland during this COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a report from SCNP, the key points for Hong Kong’s new guidelines are as follows:
- Four people will be allowed per table in restaurants, up from a cap of two, but the ban on dine-in services from 10pm to 5am remains unchanged
• The limit on public gatherings will be relaxed from a maximum of two to four people
• Reopening of premises includes mahjong parlours, most indoor and outdoor sports facilities, ice-skating rinks and museums
• Swimming pools and beaches remain closed to the public
• Hong Kong is in talks with 11 countries to form travel bubbles. They are: Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand and Vietnam
These changes show that the social distancing and safety guidelines are beginning to relax in Hong Kong, and Disney is clearly taking that as a sign that they can prepare a reopening plan and submit to the local health authorities.
Senior officials also said this past Tuesday that venues such as theme parks and exhibition centers might be allowed to reopen next week, and called on the public to join the citywide mass testing program to strengthen overseas confidence in Hong Kong’s handling of the health crisis.
“The enhanced checking and active participation of the community [in mass testing] will give added comfort to our partners that Hong Kong is a safer place for such exchange,” commerce minister Edward Yau Tang-wah said.
Hong Disney seems to also be preparing for their second reopening with testing fireworks and lighting tests on the Castle of Magical Dreams, shown on their Facebook page:
Even though they had to close for a second time, it looks like Hong Kong Disney never stopped working on ways to bring magic to their Guests!