BREAKING NEWS: Disneyland Can Open Under Stage 3 Guidelines Says State of California
We’ve got some exciting news out of the state of California. Governor Gavin Newsom announced that theme parks including Disneyland and Disney California Adventure would be allowed to reopen once the state reaches Stage 3 of their COVID-19 reopening plan.
It should be noted that the State of California currently sits at Phase 2 which was announced last Friday. However, the State Government is being vocal in the fact that they expect a shift to the next phase sooner rather than later!
According to a recent piece in the Orange Country Register, Governor Newsom said that California could move into Stage 3 as early as June. California Health and Human Services Agency spokesperson Kate Folmar added, “Theme parks are slated to open in Stage 3 if the rate of spread of COVID-19 and hospitalizations remain stable.”
This seems to be in keeping with a press conference in Mid-May where Newsom said the following, “Phase 3 is not a year away. It’s not six months away. It’s not even three months away. It may not even be more than a month away.” The Governor added, “We just want to make sure we have a protocol in place to secure customer safety, employee safety and allow the businesses to thrive in a way that is sustainable.”
However, it is difficult to pinpoint an exact date as moving between phases is largely dependant on the number of active COVID-19 cases in Southern California and whether the cases are diminishing or increasing.
This is echoed by Folmer who in an email said, “The science and data of how COVID-19 hospitalizations are progressing, how prepared hospitals are for increased cases and whether hospitals have adequate personal protective equipment will guide when the state enters stage 3. ”
As we previously reported, a shift to Phase 2 was announced last week. This means that limited personal services can open including tanning salons, car washes and pet groomers. It also means that the following will be permitted:
- In-person dining
- Retail shopping with social distancing and curbside pickup
- Offices (when telework is not possible)
- Outdoor museums
The theme parks weren’t included in the first two phases as they are deemed “higher risk” businesses and gatherings. Stage 3 may allow them to reopen however guests can expect limitations to crowds sizes said Folmer.
“The California Department of Public Health will issue detailed guidance with suggested modifications for how to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread when theme parks reopen,” Folmar said via email.
This is a story we’ll be following closely. Readers are encouraged to keep following along with MickeyBlog for the latest news and updates.
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Source: Orange County Register