Hong Kong Disneyland Is Closing Again

July 13, 2020, 11:18 AM · Hong Kong Disneyland will close again on Wednesday, as the local government restores health restrictions following an increase in Covid-19 cases.

The park has reopened June 18, following its initial coronavirus closure on January 26. Last week, Hong Kong announced that it would close schools in response the growing number of cases in the region and today the government ordered the closures of many businesses, including Hong Kong Disneyland.

Hong Kong's case numbers might seem insignificant to anyone who's grown numb to the hundreds, thousands, and tens of thousands of new cases being reported each day in US states. But while Hong Kong reported just 52 new cases today, that number had been zero for several days in row before Hong Kong Disneyland returned in the middle of last month.

And if you want to do the per capita calculation, as you should, Hong Kong has about 7.5 million residents. That's gives Hong Kong a daily new infection rate of about .7 per 100,000 residents, which is two orders of magnitude less than Florida's rate yesterday of 71 new cases per 100,000 residents.

Even as the theme park closes, Hong Kong Disneyland's on-site hotels will remain open, "with adjusted level of services," Disney said. No reopening date for the park has been set. For more information about bookings, please see the announcement on the park's website.

Hong Kong Disneyland's re-closing date of July 15 is the same date that the Disneyland Paris theme parks and Walt Disney World's Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios parks are scheduled to return.

Replies (7)

July 13, 2020 at 11:29 AM

I wonder how much of this is COVID and how much is the other stuff going on there.

July 13, 2020 at 11:31 AM

Well, Hong Kong Disneyland was the best park for social distancing before all of this, thanks to the unrest causing its attendance to tank.

July 13, 2020 at 1:03 PM

Don’t forget about Sea World Orlando. I’m pretty sure attendance went up when they had to close.

July 13, 2020 at 5:28 PM

"Last week, Hong Kong announced that it would close schools in response the growing number of cases in the region and today the government ordered the closures of many businesses, including Hong Kong Disneyland."

Well, one thing we know for sure: the leaders of Hong Kong are infinitely smarter than the leader of America. As are the leaders of Germany, and New Zealand, and England, and Denmark, and the Netherlands, and China, and South Korea . . .

July 13, 2020 at 6:11 PM

@thecolonel Err, you might not want to include England in that list!

July 14, 2020 at 6:30 AM

England are planning to open schools no matter what in the autumn. They did try some opening before the summer break, but many refused to do so.

Scotland did not attempt to open before the summer break. The plan is for schools to reopen in the spring also, however we are told were in a different place to England vis-a-vie elimination so the risk I believe is lower. ScotGov was also planning preparations for a possible remote reopening which got them a lot of flack in the press so it’s publicly been dropped (however I hope work is continuing in the background just in case)

July 16, 2020 at 8:05 AM

The is a lot of government control going on in Hong Kong right now.

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