California To Close Indoor Businesses In Select Counties as Coronavirus Cases Surge
In a move that many are speculating will have an impact on theme park reopening plans, California Governor Gavin Newsom passed an order today that will close indoor businesses including restaurants and movie theaters across 19 counties in the state after surging COVID-19 numbers.
According to a recent piece on CNBC, effective immediately, businesses with indoor operations in counties on the monitoring list will be required to close. This includes:
- Los Angeles
- Sand Bernardino
- Santa Barbara
Businesses falling under the order include restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums. These guidelines will remain in effect for at least three weeks. He also stipulates that business that can remove operations outdoors won’t be required to close completely.
So What Does This Mean For California Theme Parks?
Most theme parks have already pushed their reopening dates from April and May to July and now into August given that coronavirus cases are spreading through Southern California.
According to a recent piece in the Orange County Register, Legoland California announced today that the theme park will not reopen before August due to local regulations. In an official statement, Legoland officials said, “Considering the constantly changing coronavirus situation and the recent announcement by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Legoland California will not reopen prior to August 1, 2020.”
Disneyland recently revealed plans to reopen on July 17th. However, they let guests know last week that this was being postponed indefinitely as Disneyland Resort waits for Governor Newsom to sign off on reopening plans. This process may be delayed due to the increase in COVID-19 numbers.
According to the piece in the OC Register, the Governor has been in touch with Disney and other theme park operators to express his concerns regarding reopening in the middle of a health crisis.
California reported a record high 9740 new cases on Wednesday. This is a story that we’ll continue to follow closely here at MickeyBlog. Readers are encouraged to keep following along for the latest news and updates.
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Sources: CNBC, Orange County Register