Hong Kong Disneyland will close again after a surge in coronavirus cases

Elias Hubbard
July 14, 2020

As part of its response to the possible third wave, the government is limiting group gatherings to only four people.

Arizona is reporting all-time highs in coronavirus patients using ventilators and occupying beds in intensive-care units.

The park will close on July 15, Reuters reports.

The state of play: Hong Kong authorities ordered it to close after the city reported 38 new infections on Friday. Lam said the city will allow civil servants flexibility on working hours and urged companies to let staff work from home.

Those who refuse to wear masks face a HK$5,000 ($650) fine. The Orlando-based venue opened up a large portion of its parks over the weekend to visitors despite record-breaking coronavirus case counts in the state that far outstrip the surge Hong Kong is now experiencing. The Hong Kong Disneyland Resort hotels, however, will remain open, although with adjusted services and with enhanced health and safety measures put in place.

Comparatively, Orlando's Walt Disney World reopened Saturday even as the state reported over 15,000 new cases in a single day over the weekend.

Health secretary Sophia Chan said officials were trying to "strike a balance" between social distancing and keeping businesses open.

The Chinese-ruled city recorded 52 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, including 41 that were locally transmitted, health authorities said.

The city has had impressive success in tackling the disease with just over 1,400 infections and eight deaths. Senior government officials are "very concerned about the situation now".

The measures were the result of a three-way tug of war between considerations related to public health, economic impact and social acceptability, she said.

Events including Hong Kong's weeklong book fair and the champion awards dinner by the Jockey Club have been canceled, in a sobering reminder that the pandemic is far from over.

Hong and Baigorri write for Bloomberg.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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