Hong Kong Disneyland reopens amid new anti-COVID-19 measures

Disneyland in China's Hong Kong Special Administration Region (HKSAR) reopened on Friday with new anti-epidemic measures in place to protect visitors.

With the COVID-19 situation in the city gradually improving, Disneyland reopened again after a third closure was instituted on December 2, 2020.

"I am very happy and very excited. I am here with my friends to celebrate the reopening of Disneyland," said Kathryn Eusuya, a visitor.

"Disneyland closed for some time due to COVID-19. My son was staying at home all day, so now when he goes out, he feels so excited and happy, and he can enjoy the nature," said visitor Li Weijun. 

For now, Disneyland will be open to visitors five days a week. The popular theme park is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays, except for public holidays and special days designated by the company. 

All visitors are required to book the tickets in advance. When entering the park, visitors are asked to pass a temperature check, wear masks, and register relevant information on the "Leave Home Safe" mobile application. 

Hong Kong Disneyland's first closure came on January 26, 2020, during the early days of the pandemic. It then reopened on June 18, before shuttering again on July 15 and reopening again on September 25.

On Tuesday, HKSAR reported eight new cases of infection, according to the city's Center for Health Protection, prompting authorities to give local cinemas and theme parks the official green light to reopen. 

"Our park will reopen on February 19, to welcome guests to experience the magic of our 15th anniversary and our new Castle of Magical Dreams. I want to give thanks for the support of our guests and the countless efforts from our cast members during this challenging time," said Michael Moriarty, managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, in a statement.

(Cover image: Michael Moriarty, the managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort poses for photo in front of the Castle of Magical Dreams. /CFP)

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