Increase of COVID-19 cases forces Hong Kong Disneyland to temporarily close.

Hong Kong Disneyland reopened on June 18, after being closed since late January.  Credit Kin Cheung/Associated Press

As Disneyland Paris prepares to reopen its gates to the public tomorrow (15 July 2020) Hong Kong Disneyland which reopened on 18 June has shut down again after Hong Kong tightened its social distancing measures following a rise of new coronavirus COVID-19 cases in the city.

“As required by the government and health authorities in line with prevention efforts taking place across Hong Kong, Hong Kong Disneyland park will temporarily close from July 15,” a Disney spokesperson said.

The hotels at the Hong Kong Disneyland resort will remain open with “adjusted levels of services,” according to the spokesperson.

“They have put in place enhanced health and safety measures that reflect the guidance of health and government authorities, such as social distancing measures and increased cleaning and sanitization,” the statement read.

The closure of Hong Kong Disneyland comes just days after the Walt Disney Company reopened the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida despite a surging number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

Josh D’Amaro  the new chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products — says the Walt Disney World resort is safe for guests.

“We are in a new normal,” D’Amaro said in an interview last week CNN. “The world is a different place, but we feel really prepared to operate in this new environment.”

On Monday, Florida officials reported 12,624 new infections, one of the largest daily jumps in the state since the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic began.

Authorities in California have halted Disney’s plan to reopen their Disneyland Resort in Anaheim this Friday after an increase in coronavirus COVID-19 cases in the state.