Hong Kong Disneyland to close again after outbreak of coronavirus

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The complex, which reopened on June 18, is closing after Hong Kong has tightened its social distancing measures after an increase of 52 new cases of coronavirus in the city.

“As required by the government and the health authorities in accordance with the prevention efforts underway in Hong Kong, the Disneyland park in Hong Kong will temporarily close on July 15,” said Disney (DIS) spokesperson said.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort hotels will remain open with “adjusted levels of service,” the spokesman said.

“They have implemented improved health and safety measures that reflect the directions of health and government authorities, such as social distancing and increased cleaning and disinfection,” the statement said.

Disney’s parks and resorts are an important part of the business. The unit reported more than $ 26 billion in fiscal 2019, but was hit hard in the last quarter due to the pandemic, when operating profit fell 58% from the last year.

The re-closure of Hong Kong Disneyland comes a few days after the company opened its most important seaside resort: Walt Disney World.

The resort, located in Orlando, Florida, opened on Saturday despite an increasing number of cases in the state.

Disney World began a gradual reopening for its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks over the weekend. Its two other parks, EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, will reopen on July 15. Disney is implementing several health measures to reopen safely.

Josh D’Amaro – the new president of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products – says the resort is safe for customers.

“We are in a new normal,” D’Amaro told CNN Business on Saturday. “The world is a different place, but we really feel ready to operate in this new environment. ”

Florida broke the American record for new cases of coronavirus in a single day. The state health department reported at least 15,299 new cases on Sunday.

– Jadyn Sham and Sophie Jeong of CNN contributed to this report

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