California Attractions and Parks Association Calls Reopening Guidelines a “Keep Theme Parks Closed Indefinitely” Plan

In the wake of the announcement of theme park reopening plans for the state of California, a number of businesses affected have spoken out in protest, from Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock’s scathing response, to some harrowing remarks from the Mayor of Anaheim. Now, the California Attractions and Parks Association has issued a statement regarding the reopening guidelines, calling out Governor Newsom’s plans as a plot to “Keep Theme Parks Closed Indefinitely”

The statement was issued by Erin Guerrero, Executive Director of the California Attractions and Parks Association, to Deadline:

To say today’s announcement on theme parks is disappointing would be a grave understatement. The Governor has not used science or data to inform his decision. Theme parks have opened and operated safely around the world for months. Data and science prove that theme parks can operate responsibly anywhere – there is no rational reason to believe they can’t do so in California. No one cares more about park employee and guest safety than the parks themselves. Let me be unequivocal–the guidance issued by the Newsom Administration will keep theme parks shuttered for the foreseeable future. By forcing amusement parks to stay closed until their home county reaches Tier 4, the Governor has issued a “Keep Theme Parks Closed Indefinitely” Plan which will devastate California’s major theme park industry.

Today’s issued guidelines state that Orange County must be in a Yellow “Minimal” tier to reopen larger theme parks. Currently, Orange County is at a 3.2% positivity rate, but needs a 2% positivity rate or less to reopen under Yellow, meaning we may not see a potential reopening date for Disneyland or other neighboring theme parks until around November, December, or even next year.