California gives OK to Disneyland and other theme parks to reopen on April 1, with restrictions

Disneyland, Universal Studios’ other theme parks and sports stadiums in California may reopen from April 1, the California Department of Public Health said Friday. But there are caveats: the Department of Health requires ‘significantly reduced capacity, mandatory masking and other public health precautions’ due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

How many people may be in the parks depends on the number of COVID-19 cases in the provinces where they are located.

For amusement parks, provinces are in the “red” level of California’s four-level reopening risk system– red is the second largest risk category – will be limited to attendance of 15 percent capacity. In the orange level the limit increases to 25 percent capacity and in the yellow level up to 35 percent. Attendance will be limited to visitors in the country. Disneyland is in Orange county, which is currently in the press risk with the highest risk, but local news reports suggest it may soon move down to the red level.

California’s outdoor sports and live performance venues have a slightly different set of reopening criteria, and some will be able to reopen, even though their provinces are in the press risk with the highest risk, but with similar capacity constraints.

“With the number of cases and hospitalizations being significantly lower, the arrival of three highly effective vaccines and targeted efforts to vaccinate the most vulnerable communities can gradually and safely begin to bring back more activities, especially activities that take place outside and where consistent masking is possible. , ”Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, said in a statement.

Disneyland closed on March 14, 2020 because cases of coronavirus spread across the US. Disney fired thousands employees of the theme park, and suffered a significant financial hardship due to the closures. In the past fiscal quarter, revenue for Disney’s parks division fell 53 percent to $ 3.6 billion. company reported. The company said in a conversation with investors in February that it estimated that “the total net adverse impact of COVID-19 on operating income in the segment was approximately $ 2.6 billion.”

Disney World in Florida also closed last March and reopened in July with limited capacity and with restrictions. But California has taken a more cautious approach to reversing pandemic restrictions than Florida, just as Disney executives did. pushes California officials to reopen theme parks and other venues.

Ken Potrock, president of the Disneyland Resort, said in a statement posted on Twitter that Disneyland with the new reopening date ‘would get thousands of people back to work and help the neighboring businesses and our entire community a lot’.

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