Disney Shanghai temporarily closes as China battles another COVID surge

SHANGHAI, CHINA - FEBRUARY 4, 2022 - Fireworks display at Disneyland during the 2022 Lunar New Year holiday in Shanghai, China, February 4, 2022. (Photo credit should read Costfoto/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

Shanghai Disney says it will be temporarily closed to the public starting Monday in response to another surge of COVID-19 cases sweeping China

The theme park said the closure will remain in effect until further notice and includes the main resort, the shopping complex Disneytown, and Wishing Star Park, a recreational area. 

"We will continue to monitor the pandemic situation and consult local authorities, and will notify guests as soon as we have a confirmed date to resume operations," the park said in a statement. 

Guests who have been impacted will be provided a refund or exchange. 

Shanghai Disney’s closing comes as China is facing its biggest outbreak of COVID-19 since the initial outbreak in Wuhan in late 2019. 

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China’s overall case numbers remain relatively low, but authorities are enforcing a "zero tolerance" strategy that has temporarily shut down major cities to find and isolate every infected person. 

The reemergence of cases, however, has sent jitters across the country, forcing a shutdown of businesses and a dip in Asian stock markets.

Chinese authorities have shut down travel out of and within the hardest-hit province, Jilin, in the northeast. More than 1,800 cases were reported in Jilin on Friday, out of nearly 2,400 nationwide. 

And on Saturday, China’s health authorities reported two COVID-19 deaths, both of which were in Jilin, bringing the country’s reported death toll to 4,638. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Read more of this story on FOX Business