Shanghai Disney Resort on Oct. 31 abruptly shut down to comply with pandemic prevention requirements, underscoring the disruptions business face as the regime vows to stamp out new infections.
Guests are ordered to stay inside the theme park to take a coronavirus test and wait for a negative result to exit the gate, according to a notice from Shanghai authorities.
“History repeated itself. On the same day last year, [we] were undergoing a nucleic acid test when fireworks lit up the night sky above,” a user wrote on the microblogging platform Weibo.
Neither the company nor the Shanghai authorities provide further details, including the number of guests trapped inside or potential new infection registered inside the park.
Shanghai officials said in the notice that people who had visited the park since Oct. 27 need to get three PCR tests in the next three days.
The zero-tolerance tactics have taken a heavy toll on the country’s economy. Data released on Monday showed that Chinese factory activity unexpectedly fell in October.
Despite the economic and human costs, the CCP showed no signs of easing the zero-COVID policy at the twice-a-decade Party Congress earlier this year, dashing hopes of foreign investors and countless Chinese residents frustrated by repeated lockdowns and testing.
Earlier this month, the Universal Resort in the country's capital of Beijing closed for five days after a guest tested positive.