Hong Kong Disneyland closes again after new coronavirus outbreak

Central Florida theme parks continue reopening plans

The iconic cartoon characters Minnie and Mickey Mouse walk with the visitors at the Hong Kong Disneyland on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Hong Kong Disneyland on Thursday opened its doors to visitors for the first time in nearly five months, at a reduced capacity and with social distancing measures in place. The theme park closed temporarily at the end of January due to the coronavirus outbreak, and is the second Disney-themed park to re-open worldwide, after Shanghai Disneyland. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) (Kin Cheung, Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Hong Kong Disneyland is closing once again after a reported outbreak of COVID-19.

“As required by the government and health authorities in line with prevention efforts taking place across Hong Kong, Hong Kong Disneyland park will temporarily close from July 15,” Disney said in a statement. “The Hong Kong Disneyland Resort hotels will remain open with adjusted levels of services. They have put in place enhanced health and safety measures that reflect the guidance of health and government authorities, such as social distancing measures and increased cleaning and sanitization.”

Fifty-two new confirmed cases were reported in the region Monday, forcing the park to shut its gates.

Hong Kong Disneyland was the second Disney park to reopen, welcoming parkgoers June 18 with limited capacity and increased health and safety measures. It is now the first to shut its gates again due to another wave of coronavirus.

In Central Florida, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom reopened Saturday with enhanced sanitization measures and capacity restrictions. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are set to reopen Wednesday.

The theme park company says Hong Kong’s closure won’t impact Walt Disney World.

“Across the globe, we will continue to monitor all new information, follow the direction of government and health authorities, and will make adjustments, as needed,” a spokesperson said.