Shanghai’s Disney Resort has suspended its operations after a woman who visited the park tested positive for COVID.
Visitors are being barred from leaving the park until their COVID test results come back.
Shanghai’s Disney Resort abruptly suspended operations on Monday to comply with Covid-19 prevention measures, with all visitors at the time of the announcement directed to stay in the park until they return a negative test for the virus.
The resort said at 11:39 a.m. local time (03:39 GMT) it would immediately shut the main theme park and surrounding areas including its shopping street until further notice to comply with virus curbs.
The Shanghai government said on its official WeChat account the park was barring people from entering or exiting and that all visitors inside the site would need to await the results of their tests before they could leave.
One resident said that her family might be sent to central quarantine.
Several families said on Tuesday they had been told by officials they must stay at home if they had visited the attraction since Thursday – and to take COVID-19 tests for the next three days.
One resident of the city told Reuters news agency she was informed her family might have to go into central quarantine.
Authorities said the Disney resort was shut after a 31-year-old woman, who had visited the park among other places in recent days, tested positive for the virus.
Footage is showing the confusion at the resort.
Videos shared across social media showed people not long afterwards crowding around the park gates. One clip showed an employee telling trapped guests that shops and amusements were still running inside the park, and he would inform them if there were any updates, as a colleague locked the gate behind him.
Here is some footage:
Shanghai's Disney Resort abruptly suspended operations to comply with COVID prevention measures, with all visitors at the time of the announcement directed to stay in the park until they returned a negative test for the virus https://t.co/yChT5Ikh5H pic.twitter.com/U1lVzjw9Sk
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Would the authoritarians in the US do the same thing if they could?