With all the uncertainty in the country as to when things may return to some of normal, we may be starting to get a few answers. Disneyland closed its gates in mid-March due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Over the weekend Anaheim went into phase 2 of the reopening process. Now we have another glimmer of hope as the state has announced that theme parks including Disneyland Resort, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Universal Studios, and other parks will be able to open in phase 3. “Theme parks are slated to open in Stage 3 if the rate of spread of COVID-19 and hospitalizations remain stable,” according to California Health and Human Services Agency spokesperson Kate Folmar.
California Governor Gavin Newsom says that California could move into stage 3 as early as June. “Phase 3 is not a year away. It’s not six months away. It’s not even three months away. It may not even be more than a month away,” Newsom said during a daily press briefing in mid-May. “We just want to make sure we have a protocol in place to secure customer safety, employee safety, and allow the businesses to thrive in a way that is sustainable.” Folmar said in her statement The science and data of how COVID-19 hospitalizations are progressing, how prepared hospitals are for increased cases and whether hospitals have adequate personal protective equipment will guide when the state enters stage 3.”
There have been no reopening plans submitted by any of the theme parks in California. We do however have some kind of ideas of what it will look like in the future. From temp checks to limited crowds there is one thing we know for sure. The theme park industry will look completely different for a while in the future.
Source: Orange County Register