It’s been a long year so far for us SoCal residents since Disneyland shut-down mid-March. Personally, it’s the longest I’ve ever gone without going to the parks and I feel like have gone through the 4 out of the 5 stages of grief (I haven’t accepted it yet)! No one would have thought the COVID-19 pandemic was going to be an ongoing thing throughout all of 2020 and keep our beloved Disneyland Park shut down for most of the year. Now that we have officially entered the red-tier today, hopefully we will have some good news about the reopening of Disneyland soon!
Per the OC Register, Gov. Gavin Newsom said California is “getting closer” to reopening Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other theme parks in the state after nearly six months of coronavirus closures.
Newsom commented on his discussions with major California amusement park operators during a news conference on Tuesday, September 8.
“Conversations are ongoing, just as a reminder, for theme parks, amusement parks and the like,” Newsom said.
Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld San Diego, and other California theme parks closed in mid-March amid the COVID-19 pandemic and remain shuttered indefinitely while they await state guidelines for safely reopening.
Newsom announced on Tuesday that Orange County, the home to Disneyland, moved from the most restrictive Tier 1 “widespread” risk level to the next lower Tier 2 “substantial” risk level.
Theme parks were not included in the business sector guidance list released in late August by Newsom’s office that detailed a new four-tier system. The revised Blueprint for a Safer Economy lays out criteria for loosening and tightening COVID-19 restrictions in California counties.
According to Newson, negotiations regarding COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for California theme parks are “making progress.”
“There are still many areas where we are open-ended in terms of our negotiations,” Newsom said during the press conference. “Making progress and advancing in the same space. Getting closer to concluding when and how to safely reopen those sectors.”
Determining how and when to reopen California theme parks will be guided by COVID-19 epidemiological data for the state, according to Newsom.
“The epi data shows us the way and provides us the capacity to make determinations,” Newsom said during the news conference. “We will make those determinations in real time.”
Theme parks and other sectors will be placed in the state’s four-tier system based on their ability to reduce COVID-19 risk factors, according to California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly.
“As we move forward, we’ll consider the placement of some of these various sectors throughout our different tiers as we begin to develop increasing information about how each of these different sectors can reduce risk,” Ghaly said during the news conference.
There are a few California theme parks that have come up with creative ways to partially reopen amid the pandemic.
For example, SeaWorld San Diego reopened in late August with Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ and Brews event featuring zoo exhibits, stadium shows and a food festival while rides remain idle.
Other California parks have given up hope of opening this year, but we are very hopefully that Disneyland will reopen in time for the holiday season!
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