After seven months of being closed and after several weeks of confusion and delays regarding a timeline and reopening guidelines, we finally have some updates regarding the operations of California theme parks as Dr. Ghaly just released official guidelines for California theme parks.
He said that California was “very reassured” by what they saw when visiting the theme parks in Florida, such as social distancing and how the lines to rides and attractions were being handled. However, there were also some things that raised some concern at the parks, such as the level of mixing groups even with masks.
Now, Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu is speaking out on the newly announced guidelines, saying these guidelines “fail working families and small business.”
The full statement reads:
“These guidelines fail working families and small businesses. As painful as this is, Disney and the city of Anaheim will survive. But too many Anaheim hotels, stores and restaurants will not survive another year of this. Many are family businesses. The jobs they provide support other familiars. We can safely and responsibility open our theme parks and convention center soon. The unions of the Disneyland Resort agree and support the reopening of the theme parks in Tier 3 — not Tier 4, — which would wipe out jobs in our city and destroy lives.”
Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu: statement on California's disappointing guidelines for reopening theme parks. pic.twitter.com/EN2yubYabZ
— City of Anaheim (@City_of_Anaheim) October 20, 2020
This update on theme park guidelines comes after California Governor Gavin Newsom’s team visited both California theme parks and Florida theme parks, including Walt Disney World, as well as after fans petitioned outside of the Disneyland Park and Disney California Park gates last weekend. Still, just yesterday, several unions representing Disneyland Resort Cast Members wrote a letter to Newsom asking for collaboration on reopening guidelines.
Large theme parks including Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, as well as smaller theme parks located throughout California, have been wanting to reopen their doors — Disney officials even said they have been ready to reopen since July.
We’ll continue to update Inside the Magic as more information becomes available.