China’s zero-Covid policy led to an abrupt shutdown of Disneyland in Shanghai. As per The Hollywood Reporter, The Walt Disney Co.’s flagship Disney resort closed its doors on Monday, with all guests at the time of the announcement required to stay inside the park until they could present a negative test result.
Several images and videos went viral in which the guests are seen running to the locked gates of the theme park in hopes of escape. “We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide refunds or exchanges for all guests impacted during this period,” Disney said in a statement. “We will notify guests as soon as we have a confirmed date to resume operations.”
A notice posted to Shanghai Disney’s official social media accounts Monday said that the sprawling theme park and surrounding facilities would be shut until further notice. The theme park reopened in June after being closed for 101 days during the city’s brutal lockdown this spring.
Shanghai has amassed 97 cases of COVID-19 in the past 28 days, and 64,282 cases total, with 595 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Across China, there have been 178,178 cases and 212 deaths in the past month, New York Post reported. Last month the country’s ruling Communist Party and its leader Xi Jinping signaled that there would be no easing up of the zero-Covid policy, calling it a “people’s war to stop the spread of the virus”.
Across the country, around 200 lockdowns have been implemented in recent days – the majority of this affecting communities that have been marked as high or medium risk. Residents in different areas are subject to different rules, depending on whether they are in a low, medium or high-risk zone.