Disney and Universal Studios Call on Governor Newsom to Reopen Theme Parks
An organization that represents Disney, Universal Studios, Six Flags Knotts Berry Farm, and every other major theme park in California has reached out and asked Governor Gavin Newsom to reopen California theme parks on the 6 month anniversary of Disneyland being closed. “California’s amusement parks urge the governor to issue amusement park guidelines expeditiously so these vital community attractions can reopen their doors in a responsible manner and get residents back to work,” California Attractions and Parks Association executive director Erin Guerrero said in a statement.
“Six months ago California’s amusement parks and attractions made the difficult decision to close voluntarily in response to COVID 19 — and the impacts have been devastating,” Guerrero said in the statement. “Tens of thousands of jobs have been weighing in the balance. Hundreds of millions of tax revenue that support critical local, state, and federal programs, lost. And local businesses that rely on amusement parks continue to struggle, with many closing permanently.”
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure closed on March 14th due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Over the next few days, all California theme parks followed suit. Back in April theme paks proposed what it would look like to open the parks post COVID. “Over those six months, parks crafted detailed plans to reopen — they include capacity reductions, face-covering requirements, robust health and safety protocols for both guests and employees, and significant modifications to support physical distancing,” Guerrero said in the statement. “These practices will promote health and safety in ways that many activities Californians are currently engaging in won’t. However, in order to reopen, parks require guidance from the state and that guidance has not been forthcoming.”
There have been reported outbreaks at any of the theme parks in Florida. This can also be said for Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Virginia, and Michigan, according to state officials. “As evidenced by the many open amusement parks in the United States and around the world, visiting an attraction will not look the same as before COVID, but California’s amusement parks are ready to responsibly reopen,” Guerrero said in the statement. The governor has said recently that talks with the theme parks have been ongoing but there have been no major announcements. There has been no response from the governor’s office from this latest request.
There have been some signs recently that the parks are getting closer to reopening. There have been reports that more signs have been put up at the Disneyland Resort. Also, we have seen more hand sanitizing stations and they have even added the hand sanitizers to the Disneyland App. All we can do is sit and wait for the state and parks to get together and make this happen and open the happiest place on earth. Stay with us here at The Disinsider for the latest updates from all of the Disney Parks .
Source: OC Register