California Governor- Mass Gatherings Anytime Soon are Highly Unlikely: What Does This Mean For Disneyland?

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In an article from Variety, the Governor of California announced today he doesn’t see mass gatherings happening anytime in the foreseeable future. But what does that mean for Disneyland?

Governor Gavin Newsom made the statement during an announcement earlier this afternoon. He also outlined predictions for a slow reopening of the state’s economy. ess conference about how he envisions the summer months, and traditional holiday celebrations like July Fourth and Memorial Day.

Regarding mass gatherings, the California Governor said this; “The prospect of mass gatherings is negligible at best until we get to herd immunity and we get to a vaccine. So large-scale events that bring in hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of strangers, all together across every conceivable difference, health and otherwise, is not in the cards based upon our current guidelines and current expectations.”

The Governor acknowledged that things can always change but to suggest mass gatherings taking place or the state being open again in June, July, or August would be unlikely.

Governor Newsom laid out a series of conditions that would guide the decision on modifying the state-at-home order. Those include ramping up testing and contact tracing, and ensuring that hospitals are not overwhelmed. The Governor also said that social distancing guidelines would likely remain in place even when the state begins to open. He even suggested that schools might have to stagger their schedules to cut down on the size of classrooms.

Of course, Disneyland is in California, so how will the Governor’s remarks affect the reopening of Disney? Initially, when this began, he issued businesses to be shut down and social gatherings were to be limited and small. However, at the time, he excluded Disneyland from the plan. Regardless, Disneyland chose to shut down by their own right, and they’ve been closed ever since.

I keep going back to the comment the Governor made about schools. If he’s worried about the number of students in one classroom, can you imagine Disneyland? Even if Disneyland were to open and limit the number of guests being let in, it’s still much greater a number than the number of kids in any given classroom.

Nothing is official from either the state of California or Disneyland yet. Nothing has changed with the current protocols in place, the Governor was simply looking to the future. Fans of Disneyland and Walt Disney World are still hoping for a June opening for each resort. What are your thoughts?


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