Today, we had hoped to share exciting news out of California for all the west coast Disney fans, as Disneyland has remained closed for over 7 months due to COVID-19. The debate on when, if, and how Disneyland should reopen has been ongoing between Disney and California. Sadly, it seems Disneyland will remain closed for some time.
As shared by the OCRegister: California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly announced during a news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 20 that reopening guidelines for amusement parks have been added to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure can reopen under newly issued protocols that require mandatory masks, social distancing, increased sanitization, reduced attraction capacity and employee training.
The new guidelines mean Disneyland won’t be able to reopen for months until their respective counties reach the least-restrictive “minimal” risk level. At best, that means major California theme parks won’t reopen until November or December. At worst, reopening dates could be pushed to next year, which makes setting a reopening date for Disneyland difficult if not impossible. Without a firm reopening date, the parks can’t set staffing, training, ride testing and visitor reservation plans.
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Disneyland Resort President, Ken Potrock, took to Twitter to share the following post via Disney Parks News:
“We have proven that we can responsibly reopen, with science-based health and safety protocols strictly enforced at our theme park properties around the world. Nevertheless, the State of California continues to ignore this fact, instead mandating arbitrary guidelines that it knows are unworkable and that hold us to a standard vastly different from other reopened businesses and state-operated facilities. Together with our labor unions we want to get people back to work, but these State guidelines will keep us shuttered for the foreseeable future, forcing thousands more people out of work, leading to the inevitable closure of small family-owned businesses, and irreparably devastating the Anaheim/Southern California community.”