County Health Agency Recommends Reopening Disneyland
The struggle to reopen Disney’s theme parks continues as the news has come in the local health authorities are giving the green light for Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm to reopen while theme parks in California are still waiting for reopening guidelines from Governor Gavin Newsom.
According to a recent piece in the Orange County Register , The Orange County Health Care Agency has recommended the state allow Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Knott’s Berry Farm to reopen once Orange County moves into the “moderate” tier of Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This is according to Clayton Chau the agency director.
Orange County health officials have worked very closely with Disney to prepare for the reopening of the parks Chau said.
As we previously reported here at MickeyBlog, Disneyland, DCA and Knott’s Berry Farm all closed in March due to the spread of COVID-19. Though Mark Ghaly from the California Health and Human Services Department said last week that the government was working with the theme parks to finalize COVID-19 guidelines. However, these discussions didn’t seem to go well at the end of last week with Disney Chairman Bob Iger stepping down from Governor Gavin Newsom’s Economic Task Force in protest over the plans.
Orange County — home to Disneyland and Knott’s — remains in the “substantial” tier and could move into the “moderate” tier within the next few weeks.
Anaheim city spokesman Mike Lyster said that initial draft guidelines from the state — that he has been briefed on, but not seen — call for reopening individual California theme parks at 25% capacity once their counties reach the least-restrictive “minimal” risk level.
California theme parks have been left waiting on the sidelines while other segments of the economy have reopened under Newsom’s four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
Over the past few weeks there has been a growing amount of theme parks insiders, city leaders and lawmakers that are calling on the state of California to reopen the parks. This has increased after Disney President Josh D’Amaro made the announcement last week that the company would by laying off 28,000 employees with one of the reasons cited being a lack of reopening plans from the State.
In the statement D’Amaro said, “The impact of the pandemic has been exacerbated in California by the State’s unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen.”
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Source: Orange County Register