The state of California has decided to postpone the release of theme park reopening guidelines, after the California Attractions and Parks Association shared that they did not fully approve of what Newsom and the state had proposed.
It has now been reported that officials are seeking “additional input from health, workforce and business stakeholders” before releasing the new reopening guidelines for Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood, and other parks across California.
Theme parks get a small win (for now). Guidelines delayed as officials seek "additional input from health, workforce and business stakeholders…" https://t.co/Fj1kHp6ztg
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“Given the size and operational complexities of these unique sectors, we are seeking additional input from health, workforce and business stakeholders to finalize this important framework — all leading with science and safety,“ Ghaly said in a statement, according to OC Register.
The guidelines were supposed to be announced today. However, the California Attractions and Parks Association asked Newsom to postpone sharing said guidelines, and it looks like the state agreed to wait.
“We ask the governor not to finalize guidance for amusement parks before engaging the industry in a more earnest manner, listening to park operators’ expertise and collaborating with the industry on a plan that will allow for amusement parks to reopen responsibly while still keeping the health and safety of park employees and guests a top priority,” CAPA executive director Erin Guerrero stated yesterday.
We shared earlier this week that reopening guidelines were coming soon. OC Register reported that theme park reopening guidelines for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, and other California parks “will be issued by the California Department of Public Health, according to California Health and Human Services spokesperson Rodger Butler.” Butler said that the guidelines for theme parks would be incorporated into the Blueprint for a Safer Economy like other sectors, which is what Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro had requested last week.
“To our California government officials particularly at the state level: I encourage you to treat theme parks how you treat other sectors…the longer we wait, the more devastating it will be to Orange County and other communities,” D’Amaro said on September 22.
“Our Blueprint for a Safer Economy is driven by data and science to keep the risk of COVID-19 transmission low, and this upcoming guidance will be no exception,” Ghaly stated.
It’s now unclear when the new reopening guidelines for California theme parks will be announced.
We continue to wait for the official reopening date announcement from Disneyland, so that we know when we will finally be able to return to the Happiest Place on Earth. Since Disneyland Resort theme parks will be implementing a reservation system along with the strict health and safety protocol required to be in place, we expect even more news to come in the following days and weeks.