Hong Kong Disneyland reopens after five-month COVID-19 break

Hong Kong Disneyland reopened Thursday after a nearly five-month break due to COVID-19.

New safety protocols for the theme park include temperature screenings and mandatory face masks.

Visitors are also required to purchase tickets online and maintain social distancing in any queues, restaurants and other facilities in the park.

Park officials said tickets have nearly sold out for their first weekend after reopening. 

Hong Kong is the second Disney park to reopen following Shanghai Disneyland's reopening in May.

The original Disneyland in California is slated to reopen on July 17, the resort's 65th anniversary. Florida's Walt Disney World plans to reopen on July 11. There are as yet no firm reopening dates for the parks in Tokyo and Paris.

Disney is taking a big financial hit by the extended closures, with one financial research firm projecting losses could approach $21 billion through 2022.