A petition is urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to reopen California’s theme parks, which were temporarily shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, while demonstrators plan to rally outside Disneyland on Saturday.
“Governor, we urge you to use the science and data to allow these parks to open now,” the petition, circulated by the California Attractions and Parks Association, says. “Besides offering Californians a safe and fun outdoor activity during these bleak COVID-19 days, these parks directly employ tens of thousands of people and entire communities have been built around them.”
The number of people who have signed the letter is unclear.
Meanwhile, an activist group that wants Newsom to issue guidelines for the parks’ reopening has scheduled a rally outside Disneyland’s entrance at 8 a.m. Saturday.
“We will be standing for all the 28,000 cast members who were laid off and with more to come if the gates stay closed,” a Facebook post about the event says.
The Facebook event description in full reads:
To stand in unity with the magic makers and all of those who believe in the magic for the reopening of Disneyland.
We will be standing for all the 28,000 castmembers who were laid off and with more to come if the gates stay closed.
Standing for the community and businesses that have been affected.
Standing for all the guests from around the world who need joy and inspiration that comes from the magic makers.
We still believe in what Walt Disney said when Disneyland first opened in 1955, “To all that come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America… with hope that it will be a source for joy and inspiration to all the world.”
We hope to see Disneyland reopen.
We hope that the magic makers feel love and support and know that they are not alone during this time.
We hope to bring awareness of the lives that are impacted because Disneyland is forced to remain closed.
In Orange County, the local economy has suffered since the shutdown of Disneyland, California Adventure and Knott’s Berry Farm.
The same group that is organizing Saturday’s protest is also gathering signatures in an effort to recall Newsom.