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Ocean Park reopens to new capacity crowd

14 June 2020

By The SUN

The line was long getting in because everyone had to have a temperature check

Thousands of people – 9,000 to be exact – braved the heat and intermittent rain today, Jun 13, to be among those who got into Ocean Park on the day it reopened, nearly five months after it was shut as part of anti-coronavirus measures.

Staff at Hong Kong’s premier entertainment place say the line to get in was long because everyone had to have their temperature taken before being allowed inside. Everyone was also asked to wear a mask and to keep it on while inside, except when eating.

All guests also had to pre-register in line with the new regulations that are expected to remain in place at least for the next month and a half.
 
The press was in full force for the park's reopening despite the hot weather and intermittent rain
In line with government rules on social distancing, the park will admit only 9,000 visitors per day, or 25% of its usual capacity, during this time.

The regulations further allow the park to open only from 10am to 6pm on weekdays, and 10am to 7pm on weekends and public holidays, every day except Tuesdays, when it will be closed for thorough disinfection.



To boost attendance, the park is offering free tickets to all Hong Kong residents (or those with valid HK IDs) whose birthdays fall from Jan 26 to Jun 12. However, the offer will last only until Jul 12.

Senior citizens (those aged 65 and above) and children aged 11 or younger still get in free, but they should also register online. Apart from the free entrance, seniors will also get 30% discount on designated products, and preferential access on cable cars.

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In addition, the expiry date of all Smartfun annual passes will be automatically extended, and members will get an additional month of membership to cover the park’s closure on Tuesdays.

Those who buy adult-price tickets automatically get a 30% discount ($350 each) and receive a cash voucher of equivalent value, which they can use to buy merchandise from gift shops and kiosks, or food at restaurants.
 
Everyone had to wear a mask while inside
As of the first day of its reopening, all visitor slots until Jun 26 have been filled. Registration will resume on Jun 16 at 10am, for the slots that are available from Jun 27 to Jul 24.
Ocean Park was shut on Jan. 26, or two days after Hong Kong recorded its Covid-19 case, involving a male visitor from Wuhan in Central China.

Hong Kong Disneyland, which was closed at the same time, will also reopen soon, according to government officials.


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Last month, the Legislative Council’s finance committee approved $5.4 billion in fund relief to the park to keep it afloat for another year.

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