It seems that the fight to reopen California’s theme and amusement parks has no deadline for a conclusion.
In a press conference earlier today, the state’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Mark Ghaly, stated that there’s “no promise of a specific date” for new reopening guidelines. The conference also mentioned that a new health metric would be introduced as part of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The Orange County Health Care Agency has recommended that the parks of the Disneyland Resort reopen at 25% capacity once the county, which is home to the Disneyland Resort, moves into the “moderate” tier. The county is currently in the “substantial” category, one higher than “moderate.”
Recently, the resort, along with Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, SeaWorld San Diego and other California theme and amusement parks pushed back against Newsom’s previous plan, which would have only allowed parks to reopen when their respective counties entered the least restrictive “minimal” tier, and only allowed residents who live within 120 miles of the parks to visit. After the proposed plan was scrapped, Ghaly said in a statement: “Given the size and operational complexities of these unique sectors, we are seeking additional input from health, workforce and business stakeholders to finalize this important framework — all leading with science and safety.”
Keep reading for more updates on this ongoing story.