During today’s COVID-19 briefing, California Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly, finally gave an update on long-awaited theme park reopening guidances.
Dr. Ghaly spoke on the visits made to currently-open theme parks, like Walt Disney World, remarking on higher-risk and lower-risk settings that were analyzed by their team:
The theme park industry has been separated into two parts—larger and smaller theme parks, based off of each park’s capacity. Here are the new guidances for theme parks:
You can read full industry guidelines for theme parks here. This guidance includes additional considerations for:
- Admission, entry, and security
- All rides and attractions
- Dining and concessions
- Performances, interactive exhibits, and events
- Uniform, costume, and wardrobe protocols
As predicted, all guests must participate in a reservation system to make contact tracing easier. Face masks will be mandatory unless actively eating or drinking while socially distanced.
During last week’s update, Dr. Ghaly reiterated that Orange County, which includes Anaheim and the Disneyland Resort, was still under a Red “Substantial” tier code. We’ll continue to update you on the new tiers, but it seems that Disneyland may not be able to open until 2021 based off of these guidelines.
You can view today’s full press conference and COVID-19 update below: