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Shanghai Disneyland reopens with anti-virus controls

Posted at 5:39 AM, May 11, 2020

SHANGHAI (AP) — Visitors wearing face masks streamed into Shanghai Disneyland as the theme park reopened in a high-profile step toward reviving global tourism that was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.

The park will limit numbers of daily visitors and keep some attractions closed in line with social distancing guidelines. The reopening of the park, which welcomes nearly 18 million visitors a year, could give some insight on how major theme parks in the U.S. could reopen.

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The social distancing guidelines include:

  • Lines will be queued with visitors standing 6 feet apart at attractions.
  • Visitors will be required to have their temperature checked when entering the park.
  • Visitors will be required to wear an appropriate mask at all times except when dining.
  • Have proper identification.
  • Register for a Health QR Code prior to their arrival, which will be required to be presented upon entering.
  • Provide basic personal information for each guest visiting the park, including name, phone number, ID type and ID number via Shanghai Disney Resort’s official online channels after purchasing a ticket and prior to arriving at the resort.

Visitors are also required to buy tickets for scheduled times to control the flow of people into the park.

The reopening comes as companies and the ruling Communist Party try revive the world's second-largest economy following a shutdown that plunged it into its worst slump since at least the 1960s.

WFTS Web Team contributed to this report