Disneyland Has Adopted New Health & Safety Recommendations As A Step Towards Reopening
This is a time of revision over at Disneyland Resort as it continues to put pressure on the State of California to reopen the theme parks. According to a recent piece in the Orange County Register, Disneyland has implemented a range of NEW COVID-19 health and safety recommendations from the local health authority after medical officials paid a visit to both Disneyland theme parks which have been closed for nearly seven months.
Both Orange County Health Care Agency Director Clayton Chau and Communicable Disease Control Division Medical Director Matthew Zahn were on site at Disney where they offered the company recommendations. In an official statement Chau said, “We have been engaged with Disney for the reopening of their theme parks.” He continues, “Both Dr. Zahn and I have walked the parks to evaluate their plan as well as to give our recommendations.”
According to the O.C. Register report, the health officials made the following recommendations:
- Adding Spanish language signs with health and safety protocol information
- Placing ground markings outside restrooms to help minimize cross traffic
- Installing additional hand sanitizing stations at attractions
Disney said that they appreciate the visits by local health officials and as a company is looking forward to continuing to work with them. In the meantime, the parks continue their waiting game with the state of California. Governor Gavin Newsom has yet to issue the promised reopening guidelines. Once those have been published, Disneyland will undoubtedly need to implement further coronavirus health and safety measures.
However, it is unlikely we’ll see these reopening plans anytime soon. As we previously reported here at MickeyBlog, Gov. Gavin Newsom said this week that he was in “no hurry” to reopen Disneyland or any of the other California theme parks.
Be that as it may, last week’s site visits are definitely a step in the right director. Chau and Zahn have worked with the California Department of Public Health, California Health and Human Services and Gov. Newsom’s administration on reopening guidelines for Disneyland, DCA and other California theme parks. In his statement Chau said, “In conversations with CDPH and health officers from counties that have theme parks, I have advocated for theme parks to be safely reopened in Tier 3 — the Orange Tier.”
Chau added that he looks at the effects of COVID-19 not only when it comes to physical health but also the emotional and economic health of the community.
The Anaheim Chamber of Commerce has been calling on Governor Newsom to re-open the theme parks after this nearly 6 month closure which has resulted in a $100 million shortfall for the community. Though Disneyland was initially supposed to open in July, a spike on COVID-19 cases resulted in Disneyland’s extended closure with the exception of Downtown Disney which reopened in July.
This is a story that we’ll continue to follow along with here at MickeyBlog. Readers are encouraged to keep checking in with us for further news and updates!
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Source: Orange County Register