March 9, 2020
Looking to combat ongoing market concerns revolving around the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Shanghai Disney Resort has partially re-opened select retail venues, while the main theme park remains shuttered since Jan. 25.
“We continue to closely monitor health and safety conditions and follow the direction of government regulators,” Shanghai Disney said in a statement.
The move comes as Wall Street trading was temporarily halted March 9 after markets opened falling significantly as global concerns about the spread of the virus increase.
Indeed, visitors to the venues must wear masks, go through temperature screening and present their health QR code when entering dining facilities. It’s not clear how patrons will eat while wearing protective face masks.
Meanwhile Disneyland Paris, which employs 15,000 workers, remains open despite a maintenance worker, who was home in bed at the time, being diagnosed with the coronavirus.
In the United States, Disney said it continues to “welcome guests” to its theme parks. In a statement, the company said it has upgraded sanitation efforts, including easier access to handwashing facilities and hand sanitizers, and “quick response” to spills, trash and other situations.
“As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of our cast, guests and the larger community, we are carefully monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation and are in regular contact with health agencies for information and guidance,” the said. “Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, are welcoming guests as usual and we continue to implement preventive measures in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health agencies.”