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Indoor tourist attractions close again in Shanghai

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China has decided to close indoor tourist attractions once again in Shanghai. The country has also shut cinemas again in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Indoor attractions, including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Tower and Madame Tussauds, were ordered to close on Sunday (March 29).

Shanghai Tower closed its observatory to visitors on January 24, before reopening on March 12. However, it closed again on Monday (March 30). Jin Mao Tower also reopened its observatory on March 12, and will close from Monday.

According to SHINE, a total of 25 indoor tourist attractions have been ordered to close their indoor sections from March 30.

In addition, 37 outdoor tourist attractions with limited indoor space have been told to close indoor areas, including Shanghai Wild Animal Park, City Beach, and Chenshan Botanical Garden.

Indoor tourist attractions close again from March 30

Also, 12 scenic areas that were scheduled to reopen soon have been ordered to delay, and venues that are yet to reopen have been told to remain closed.

Meanwhile, cinemas that have been reopening across China have now been closed. According to THR, over 600 movie theatres were given the green light to reopen last week.

However, Beijing’s Film Bureau ordered all theatres to close in a notice on late Friday (March 27) with no official explanation.

This has prompted speculation that the government is concerned about a potential second wave of coronavirus infections.

No explanation for cinema closures in China

Last week, China lifted the coronavirus lockdown in the province of Hubei, but not in the city of Wuhan. Tourist attractions were also reopening in Shanghai and Beijing.

Japan is also beginning to open theme parks and attractions, as well as businesses and schools, after COVID-19 resulted in closures through February and March 2020.

However, Hong Kong announced that the leisure venues and cultural facilities that reopened earlier this month have closed once again as cases of coronavirus spike.

Still, Fantawild Holdings, a leading one-stop solution provider in the theme park industry, has reopened several of its theme parks in China.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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