Hong Kong Disneyland to Reopen on Friday

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The park's return will mean that the majority of Disney's theme parks around the world are welcoming guests again.

Hong Kong Disneyland is set to reopen — again — on Friday, Disney Parks announced Wednesday.

The Hong Kong theme park has closed three times in response to waves of COVID-19 infection in the city, with its most recent closure going into effect on Dec. 2, 2020.

When it reopens on Friday, Hong Kong Disneyland will implement a number of safety precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, including mandatory mask-wearing, social distancing and sanitation measures. Capacity will be limited in accordance with local government guidance— an exact percentage wasn’t provided — and the park will operate just five days a week, closing on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All guests will be required to provide their contact information to Disney Parks in the event of an outbreak that requires contact tracing.

Hong Kong Disneyland’s first closure came on Jan. 26, 2020, during the early days of the pandemic. It then reopened June 18, before shuttering again on July 15, and reopening again on Sept. 25.

The latest resumption of business comes amid a steady improvement of public health conditions in Hong Kong. On Tuesday, the city reported just eight new cases of infection, prompting authorities to give local cinemas and theme parks the official green light to reopen. Movie theaters in Hong Kong had been closed since Dec. 2 but plan to welcome cinema-goers again on Thursday.

Hong Kong Disneyland’s reboot means that the majority of Disney's theme parks around the world are back in business, including Shanghai Disneyland, the Tokyo Disney Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Only the Disneyland Paris Resort and Disneyland in California remain closed indefinitely due to local government restrictions, although Disneyland has unveiled plans for some activities to return inside Disney California Adventure next month.

“Our park will be reopened on February 19, to welcome guests to experience the magic of our 15th anniversary and our new Castle of Magical Dreams. I want to give thanks for the support of our guests and the countless efforts from our cast members during this challenging time,” Michael Moriarty, managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, said in a statement Wednesday.