CA Mayors Write To Newsom Asking For Adjustments
California Mayors are concerned about guidelines that would push the opening of some theme parks out for a long time…
Currently, our sights remain set on California, where the closure of Disneyland continues to hobble The Walt Disney Company.
This afternoon, The Hollywood Reporter’s Ryan Parker posted:
Eight California mayors sent a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom over the weekend urging him to reconsider the stringent guidelines issued in order for major theme parks to reopen.
“The guidelines put forth by your Administration were released within the framework of prioritizing public health and safety for guests and employees,” reads the letter dated Oct. 30. “This is the right focus.
However, economic and public health are not mutually exclusive goals. We are concerned that the state’s guidelines would push re-opening of large theme parks up to a year out, which would have significant negative impacts on hundreds of thousands of jobs, thousands of small businesses, and billions in operating revenue for our cities.”
The California Mayors’ Letter To Governor Newsom
The mayors who signed the letter are Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Fresno Mayor Lee Brand, Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh, Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, and Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido.
The letter to Governor Newsom read:
As you may have recently seen, labor unions and employee groups representing many of the workers at these theme parks have joined in calls for a timely, safe reopening… This call is a result of their direct knowledge of the health and safety protocols, and their need to get back to work. We therefore respectfully request that your Administration work with our most impacted coalition members — Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego — to continue the discussion of how we can maintain a health-first focus while modifying protocols to allow large theme parks to open in Tier Three with reduced capacity, rather than Tier Four.”
Minimal Tier 4
Concurrently, OCRegister.com’s Brady McDonald explained:
Recently released COVID-19 reopening guidelines issued by the state keep large theme parks closed until their counties reach the yellow/minimal tier 4 risk level — which could leave major players like Disney and Universal unable to return until early 2021 or next summer.
California officials issued separate coronavirus reopening guidelines for small and large theme parks in the state. Small theme parks with a capacity of less than 15,000 visitors can reopen in the orange/moderate tier 3 while large theme parks can return in the yellow/minimal tier 4
Meanwhile, it’s the Governor’s move (again).