In reaction to a surge in coronavirus cases in Shanghai and surrounding areas of China, Shanghai Disney theme park has announced new partial restrictions that will take effect starting today, March 12, 2022.
On Saturday, March 11, Chinese authorities announced that a total of 1,649 new cases in the country had been discovered, the highest that China has experienced for nearly two years.
This prompted Shanghai Disneyland to issue the following message to guests:
In order to follow Shanghai’s pandemic control and prevention requirements and ensure the safety and health of our guests and Cast Members, we will further enhance Shanghai Disney Resort’s onsite pandemic control and prevention measures. All measures will be effective immediately unless otherwise indicated and include but are not limited to the following:
- Shanghai Disneyland will operate with controlled capacity.
- The majority of Shanghai Disneyland’s attractions and shows will operate at reduced capacity. The theatre shows will be temporarily suspended.
- All guests will be required to present a China government ID card or valid travel document, a green Health QR Code, a green Telecommunication Data-Based Travel Itinerary Card (Travel Itinerary Card), scan the Shanghai QR Code for contact tracing, and a Shanghai Disneyland Reservation QR Code upon entering Shanghai Disneyland.
- Effective Sunday, March 13, 2022, guests will also be required to present proof of a negative Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) taken within 24 hours prior to entering Shanghai Disney Resort.
- All guests will be required to wear masks during their entire visit to the resort, including both indoors and outdoors, except when dining, and strictly follow social distancing requirements.
- All Cast Members will be required to undergo regular NAT testing.
- The frequency of sanitization and disinfection throughout the resort will be further strengthened.
Last year on Halloween 2021, Shanghai Disney suddenly locked down the park, announcing it was no longer accepting any new visitors and was cooperating with Shanghai city officials due to a possible COVID issue. Hundreds of staff and visitors were trapped inside the complex until everyone could be tested and cleared, due to China’s zero-COVID policies.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong Disneyland, which closed in January 2022 due to Omicron, has passed its projected January 20 reopening date, and now isn’t expected to open its gates until April 2022.