HONG KONG, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Disneyland in Hong Kong will close for a day on Wednesday for staff to conduct mandatory COVID-19 testing after authorities found that a person who visited the theme park over the weekend was infected with the coronavirus .
Disneyland, which is largely city-owned and minority-owned Walt Disney (DIS.N), said in a statement the closure was out of “an abundance of caution” and advised visitors to reschedule.
Any person who visited the park, which has had to close multiple times since the start of the pandemic, on Nov. 14 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., should also be tested on Thursday, the government said separately.
Despite hardly any local coronavirus cases being recorded in recent months, authorities in the global financial center have tightened rules on patient quarantine and discharge.
Hong Kong is following Beijing’s lead in enforcing strict travel restrictions, in contrast to a global trend of opening up and living with the coronavirus. The city council hopes the stricter rules will convince China, the main source of economic growth, to gradually open the border with Hong Kong.
At Shanghai Disneyland last month, guests who had already entered were told to undergo tests at the exit due to COVID-19 investigations linked to other Chinese provinces and cities.
International business lobby groups have warned that Hong Kong could lose talent and investment, as well as competitiveness to rival financial hubs like Singapore, unless it relaxes its travel restrictions.
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JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) Chief Executive Jamie Dimon, who was in Hong Kong on Monday and exempted from quarantine for some executives under current rules, said the city’s COVID-19 policies are making it more difficult to recruit staff. preserve. read more
Reporting by Twinnie Siu and Marius Zaharia; Editing by Stephen Coates
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