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Ocean Park Hong Kong prepares to reopen

Ocean Park Hong Kong is preparing to reopen in full swing, with strict precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of guests, staff and animals amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ocean Park was temporarily closed since January in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19[feminine]. However, the attraction is carefully evaluating its reopening schedule.

Health and safety considerations are Ocean Park’s top priority. It will also follow government guidelines and advice for the resumption of social activities.

Ocean Park plans to launch exclusive offers for Hong Kong residents, as well as new experiences when it reopens.

Exclusive offers for Hong Kong residents

“In an unprecedented move, Ocean Park has remained closed for three months since January 26 due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Matthias LiCEO of Ocean Park.

“As a result, the park had to honor a high volume of cancellations across all areas of business, wiping out confirmed revenue while new business stalled.

“The financial impact is significant and far-reaching, reducing the park’s financial position to an all-time low.”

Li added that the local outbreak “showed signs of stabilizing,” but said the global situation “is not yet under control with the possibility of a second outbreak.”

“Extremely challenging operating environment”

“This in turn places the park in an extremely challenging operating environment.” Ocean Park will focus on local visitors to begin with.

“We are making all necessary operational adjustments, focusing on cleaning and disinfecting facilities, social distancing arrangements and adapting activity formats in particular, to ensure that the park will reopen in the best conditions and as secure as possible to give visitors peace of mind,” Li said.

When it reopens, Ocean Park hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors will be required to make advance reservations online and present reservation codes for admission.

Park and ride capacity will be reduced by more than half, and alternate row capacity will be implemented in all theaters.

Temperature checks and masks at Ocean Park

The number of attractions available for free reservation on the “eScheduler” mobile application will be increased to six to reduce waiting times.

Visitors and staff will be subject to temperature checks on entry, and staff members will be required to wear masks at all times.

Visitors will be required to wear masks at entrances, attractions, rides, stores and indoor facilities. Masks will be available for purchase.

Ocean Park has installed additional hand sanitizer dispensers at entrances and exits to attractions and facilities, while floor stickers will help with social distancing.

Regularly disinfect the main facilities of the park

As for cleaning measuresOcean Park’s main facilities will be disinfected every one to two hours, while air filtration systems will be sprayed with a disinfectant that kills 99% of viruses and bacteria.

The cleaning crew will perform a nightly deep clean in Ocean Park with high pressure jets.

In restaurants, tables will be 1.5m apart, with no more than eight people seated at a table, and all F&B facilities will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before and after daily operations.

All menus will be sanitized after each use, while F&B staff will wear masks and gloves to handle food. Dishes will be covered when delivered from the kitchen.

Hong Kong government bailout for Ocean Park

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong government said it was preparing a revised bailout to inject HK$5.4 billion into Ocean Park (via The star).

Ocean Park also requested a cash injection of HK$10.64 billion from the SAR government in January. There are growing fears that the theme park could cease operations as early as June if it is unable to secure the funds.

Leo Kung Lin-chengchairman of the board of Ocean Park, said he lost about HK$700 million in the past three months.

Haichang Ocean Park Holdings recently released its 2019 annual report and accounts, noting “material uncertainty” around the group as currently in operation due to the coronavirus pandemic.