Disneyland May Open Sooner Than Anticipated With the Introduction of New Legislative Bill
It’s hard to believe that Disneyland has been closed now for almost one year. The California Resort was scheduled to reopen back in July but those plans were nixed by the State of California and a new reopening date has not been announced since. However, the Orange County Register is reporting that a bi-partisan legislative bill has just been introduced that may speed up the reopening of Disneyland and other California Theme Parks.
Up until lat week, California was back on strict “stay at home” orders due to increases in COVID-19 cases. Those orders have since been lifted and the state is back on the tier system to reopen their economy called “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” Outdoor dining among other activities is once again permitted.
Previously, as part of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy plan, smaller theme parks that had a capacity of no more than 15,000 Guests could reopen with proper safety protocols in the orange – moderate tier 3. Large theme parks, like Disneyland, were not permitted to reopen until COVID-19 metrics were in the yellow – minimal tier 4 which is the highest tier.
With the new legislative bill that was just introduced by California Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fulerton) and Assemblywoman Suzette Martinez-Valladares (R-Santa Clarita), small theme parks and large ones like Disneyland would be able to reopen in the same tier.
Assemblywoman Suzette Martinez-Valladares (R-Santa Clarita) said, “As a veteran of the theme park industry, I intimately understand their operations, their procedures and their ability to move people and keep them safe.”
Erin Guerreo, CAPA Executive Director, stated, ““We deeply appreciate Assembly Members Quirk-Silva and Martinez-Valladares for their leadership and for introducing legislation on safe theme park reopening. Worldwide, theme parks have proven they can reopen responsibly while protecting the health of guests and staff. Science and data show it can be done. California should allow theme parks to reopen responsibly in the orange/moderate tier 3.”
She went on to say, “COVID transmission rates are improving and the vaccination distribution is underway, yet California’s major theme parks have no timeline and no realistic pathway toward reopening if left in the ‘Yellow- Minimal — Tier 4’ of state guidance.”
The CAPA represents several California theme parks including Disneyland, Universal, Six Flags Magic Mountain, among others.
The economy of California has taken a drastic hit with all the shutdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many feel that reopening the theme parks in Tier 3 will have a “ripple effect” and cause the economy to start growing again. If passed, this bill would be a step in the right direction for Disneyland to reopen.
“By opening our theme parks, we will trigger a ripple effect to our local economy, and in turn, create more jobs,” Martinez-Valladares said in a statement. “It’s time to offer clear guidelines that will balance public health and the need to safely get people back to work, and this bill is the first step.”
Make sure to keep it here with MickeyBlog.com as we continue to follow the introduction of this bill. As soon as a reopening date is announced for Disneyland, you can count on us to be the first to bring it to you!
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