Remember this from last year?
Thousands were gathered Sunday for Shanghai Disneyland’s Halloween party when suddenly the gates closed and health-care workers fully dressed in white protective suits descended on the site. It was like a scene out of a scary movie, but these people weren’t in costume.
The site had been ordered to shutter its doors after a woman who visited Disneyland over the weekend tested positive Sunday for the coronavirus, according to Chinese media.
On Sunday, Shanghai Disneyland, a theme park partially owned by entertainment giant Disney, promised customers that they were in for “wicked Halloween surprises.” Safe to say that no one expected the biggest shock of the day to be medical staff in hazmat suits conducting mass tests for COVID-19, with tens of thousands of visitors being unable to leave.
The partial closing of the park created bizarre scenes that went viral on Chinese social media. Hundreds of people in full medical hazmat suits were seen testing young children and other park-goers as a Disney-themed fireworks display erupted overhead.
Now it happened again.
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 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.
Anyone who had visited the park since Oct. 27 would need to test for Covid-19 three times in three days, it said.
The park was also closed for two days in November last year with more than 30,000 visitors stuck inside, after authorities ordered all of them to be tested in a contact tracing exercise.
Videos circulating on China’s Weibo platform on Monday showed people rushing to the park’s gates, which were already locked.
The Escape From COVID Gulag videos are a staple of Zero COVID life in Communist China. But is there a reason that this is becoming an annual Shanghai Disneyland tradition?
Escape from the Apple Gulag ought to be a movie though. Maybe for Apple+?
Videos shared on Chinese social media showed people who are allegedly workers at the Foxconn plant climbing over fences and carrying their belongings along a road. It was previously reported that a number of workers had been placed under quarantine because of an outbreak of the disease.
Foxconn, a supplier to Apple that is headquartered in Taiwan, has about 200,000 workers at the Zhengzhou complex.
Photographs and videos circulating on Chinese social media since Saturday appeared to show Foxconn workers returning home, trekking across fields in the day and along roads at night.
“Some people were walking amid wheat fields with their luggage, blankets and quilts,” wrote a WeChat user in a post about the social media images. “I couldn’t help but feel sad.”
Volunteers from nearby villages put out food and drinks for the Foxconn workers. One such volunteer, who asked to be identified only as Zhang out of privacy concerns, was put in charge of distributing supplies that his village in Xingyang county had prepared.
Foxconn is famously an Apple supplier. Think differently, indeed.