Disneyland, Common Studios different theme parks, and sports activities stadiums in California can reopen starting April 1st, the California Division of Public Well being mentioned Friday. However there are caveats: the well being division is requiring “significantly reduced capacity, mandatory masking and other public health precautions” as a result of ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
How many individuals shall be allowed within the parks relies on the variety of COVID-19 instances within the counties the place they’re positioned.
For amusement parks, counties within the “red” tier of California’s four-tier reopening risk system— pink is the second-highest danger class— shall be restricted to attendance of 15 % capability. Within the orange tier, the restrict will increase to 25 % capability and within the yellow tier, to 35 %. Attendance shall be restricted to in-state guests. Disneyland is in Orange County, which is at the moment within the highest-risk “purple” tier, however local news reports suggest it might quickly transfer right down to the pink tier.
Outside sports activities and stay efficiency venues in California have a barely totally different set of reopening standards, and a few will be capable of reopen even when their counties are within the highest-risk purple tier, however with comparable limits on capability.
“With case rates and hospitalizations significantly lower, the arrival of three highly effective vaccines and targeted efforts aimed at vaccinating the most vulnerable communities, California can begin gradually and safely bringing back more activities, especially those that occur outdoors and where consistent masking is possible,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Well being and Human Providers Company, mentioned in an announcement.
Disneyland closed March 14th, 2020 as coronavirus instances unfold throughout the US. Disney laid off thousands of theme park staff, and has taken a big monetary hit because of the closures. In its most up-to-date fiscal quarter, income for Disney’s parks division income was down 53 %, to $3.6 billion, the company reported. The corporate mentioned throughout a February name with traders that it estimated “the total net adverse impact of COVID-19 on segment operating income in the quarter was approximately $2.6 billion.”
Disney World in Florida additionally closed final March and reopened in July in restricted capability and with restrictions. However California has taken a extra cautious method to rolling again pandemic restrictions than Florida, at the same time as Disney executives have been pushing California officials to permit theme parks and different venues to reopen.
Ken Potrock, president of the Disneyland Resort, mentioned in a statement posted to Twitter that with the brand new reopening date, Disneyland could be “getting thousands of people back to work and greatly helping neighboring businesses and our entire community.”