Hong Kong Disneyland has announced it is facing an extended closure as the Chinese territory continues to battle a massive surge in Covid-19 cases.
The park was forced to suspend operations in early January—the fourth compulsory shut-down since the onset of the pandemic—but the hope was the closure would only be for a couple of weeks.
That initial two-week suspension was extended to February 23 within just seven days, but now the latest news from the city’s government has thrown plans for any reopening into chaos as Hong Kong’s hospital facilities are struggling to deal with thousands of new cases every day.
The Chinese government in Beijing has ordered the city to make fighting the virus its “overriding mission,” and that has meant more heartache for businesses throughout the region.
And, in keeping with the new edict, Hong Kong Disneyland has said the theme park will remain closed for at least two more months, with a target reopening date of April 22, 2022.
According to the resort’s website, its hotels will continue to remain open with an adjusted level of service for social distancing, and any unused tickets or tickets that expire during the current closure will once again be extended.
Disney’s Hong Kong site is now its only resort worldwide that is currently closed as a result of the coronavirus, and the latest suspension would be the second longest since the onset of the pandemic in 2020.
It initially shut down for five months in early 2020, then again briefly in November of that year before a third enforced closure at the end of 2020 that lasted 10 weeks.
Officials reported 6,067 new Covid cases on February 20, a day after the government announced that the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal would be turned into a dedicated virus facility with 1,000 beds to ease the strain on public hospitals.
Hong Kong Disneyland had been open since February 19, 2021, before the renewed virus surge brought the latest stoppage on January 7, 2022.