At the moment, most SoCal theme parks are in the county with the most restrictive epidemic levels, but many will move to the Red Tier in the coming weeks. California officials announced on Friday that some theme parks would be eligible to resume with “very little capacity”.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Agency of California Drs. Mark Gali said in a news release, “California can start slowly and safely and bring back more activities, especially those that occur externally and where continuous masking is possible. Even with these changes, California retains some of the strongest public health protocols in the country. ”
Theme parks around the state have been in a bitter standoff with Gov. Gavin Newsom for the better part of a year, with new health and safety measures in place being allowed to reopen. Disney was the most vocal.
“We are encouraging that the theme park is now away toward the reopening of this waterfall, helping thousands of people back to work and helping neighboring businesses and our entire community a lot,” Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock said. “With responsible Disney safety protocols, which are already in force around the world, we can’t wait to welcome our guests and look forward to sharing an opening soon.”
At the moment, most Southern California theme parks are in counties with the most restrictive epidemic category, but many, including Orange County where Disneyland is located, will likely move to the Red Tier in the coming weeks. This tier will now allow 20 percent capacity and in-state visitors only.
“Today’s announcement by the Newsom administration is very encouraging news for California’s amusement parks,” said Erin Guerrero, executive director of California’s Amusement Parks.
“The park now has a framework to reopen safely and responsibly. We applaud the administration’s willingness to work with the state’s theme parks on the nuanced details of the plan so that the park will be re-responsibly soon Open up, get people back to work safely, and strengthen local economies. “
All theme parks closed in mid-March last year as the epidemic intensified in the country. The consequences of those closures have been disastrous for the companies, employees, and communities in which they operate. Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu recently told the Hollywood Reporter that the closure of the theme park had a “profound impact” on the area. Sidhu said, “Unemployment in our city is now 9 percent or 15,000 people and it is equal to 12 percent.
“Anaheim faces losses of $ 115 million from hotel stays and visitor expenses.” The big announcement is that Newsome is facing political pressure to reopen more businesses as organizers aim to collect 1.49 million signatures before the March 17 deadline to launch a recall election.