California Gov Orders Closure of Indoor Operations – Is Downtown Disney at Risk?

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Downtown Disney could face a dire reopening situation if the Governor of Californa, Gavin Newsom, declares it so. Effective immediately (July 1, 2020) a list of 19 counties are ordered to completely shutter indoor operations of businesses including restaurants, wineries, movie theatres, family entertainment, and more. Just exactly how everything will reopen (and when) now hangs in the balance.

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Downtown Disney May Not Reopen With Indoor Operations

Downtown Disney is scheduled for a reopening on July 9th, 2020, which is only a few days from now. Following that, Disneyland Resort is due to reopen sometime after July 4th, due to a stay by the Governor’s office. The specific news from today regarding indoor entertainment and indoor dining, in particular, is covered in Governor Newsom’s tweet which went out on Twitter just after 3 pm today, though it left some with more questions than answers.

It is assumed that this new mandate/guidance regarding indoor operations will be the rule for about three weeks, according to Fox newsman Elex Michaelson on Twitter (his tweet is below). It’s worth noting that all bars must completely cease operation per the Governor’s tweet, and may compromise some of Downtown Disney’s operations, either in part or wholly.

“This doesn’t mean restaurants shut down … but we’re trying to take these concentrated activities and move them outdoors, which is a way of mitigating the spread of this virus,” Newsom said today.

As you may well know, we are still awaiting official news or guidance from Disney officials, Disneyland Resort and the Disney Parks on exactly what will reopen and how, although we have many thoughts. Staples of Downtown Disney, restaurants like Naples Ristorante e Bar, Ballast Point, Earl of Sandwich, and Black Tap all offer patio seating. If indoor dining ceases, patios may still operate, unless the institution is categorized as a bar, like UVA Bar. Governor Newsom may choose to allow a restaurant or lounges to stick to serving food on patios, canning alcoholic drinks entirely, but we will need more clarification as the Downtown Disney District reopening draws closer.

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