Shanghai Disneyland shuts down over COVID-19 safety measures

Disney confirmed that all guests have left the theme park

Shanghai Disneyland, its Disneytown shopping and dining district and Wishing Star Park recreation area are shut down indefinitely to comply with government-mandated COVID-19 safety measures.

"We will notify guests as soon as we have a confirmed date to resume operations," the company said in a statement on its website on Monday. "We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide refund or exchanges for all guests impacted during this period."

Shanghai Disney Resort's two hotels will remain open.

The Shanghai government said on its official WeChat account the park was barring people from entering or exiting and that all visitors inside the site would need to await the results of their tests before they could leave, according to Reuters.

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Anyone who had visited the park since Oct. 27 would need to test for COVID-19 three times in three days, it said. The theme park continued to operate rides for visitors stuck in the park during the closure on Monday, social media users reported.

The resort had on Saturday said that it had started operating with a reduced workforce to comply with COVID measures.

A Disney spokesperson confirmed to FOX Business on Monday that all guests have left the park and that all test results came back negative. They emphasized that the testing processing was emphasized and that the theme park followed standard procedures set forth by the city of Shanghai.

"We thank our cast and guests for their patience, and are working on plans for reopening," the spokesperson added.

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The latest closure comes after the theme park temporarily shut its doors in March due to COVID-19.

The park was also closed for two days in November last year with more than 30,000 visitors stuck inside, after authorities ordered all of them to be tested in a contact tracing exercise.

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According to Johns Hopkins University, China has reported more than 2.9 million confirmed cases and over 15,600 confirmed deaths since the COVID-19 pandemic began.  

Shanghai reported no new domestically transmitted symptomatic coronavirus cases for Oct. 30, the same as a day earlier, and 10 local asymptomatic cases, up from nine the previous day, the city government said on Monday.

Reuters contributed to this report.

This story has been updated to reflect that all visitors have left the theme park after producing negative COVID-19 test results