CA Gov. Reinstates Stay-at-Home Order, Could Close Downtown Disney Businesses

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This afternoon, California Governor Gavin Newsom has reinstated a regional stay-at-home order for the state that will be inacted if each region’s capacity in their ICU units falls below 15%.

More Information: Disneyland Resort Must Decrease Operations Amid State Order

This news comes amid a surge, which Governor Newsom referred to as “the third surge,” in coronavirus cases throughout the state of California.

Downtown Disney - Disneyland Resort - 9/3/19 (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)
Downtown Disney – Disneyland Resort – 9/3/19 (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

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Although Disneyland Resort’s two theme parks — Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park — remain officially closed as per the Governor’s theme park reopening guidelines, the Downtown Disney District and Buena Vista Street have been allowing shopping and dining.

If the region where Disneyland Resort and Orange County are located is under this new stay-at-home order, it will impact both restaurants and bars in the Golden State, making things undoubtedly challenging for workers and small business owners who operate businesses on Disneyland Resort Property.

“The order will close many nonessential businesses, such bars, breweries, wineries, hair and nail salons. It will also shut down all in-person dining at restaurants, playgrounds, museums, zoos, aquariums, card rooms — and all private gatherings,” reports the OC Register.

When the news broke, the City of Anaheim Tweeted a clarification to say that they were not yet under a stay-at-home order:

We’re still waiting for more details regarding whether this will affect Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort. Note that Disney has not yet made a statement about what exactly their new protocols will be OR what businesses may be closing at this time.

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Governor Newsom shared that, “we [the state of California] are just getting started as far as business relief and business support,” and shared the following details about assistance for a relief package:

  • Waiving or modifying fees for heavily industries including bars & restaurants, hair salons, personal services, & more
  • Accelerating additional infrastructure funding 

This funding is likely to be able to assist any and all restaurants and bars that are currently operating at Downtown Disney and Disney California Adventure — this includes Carthay Circle, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, and Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes. Again, however, no official statements have been made.

It is worth noting that Universal Hollywood CityWalk has allowed takeout options throughout Los Angeles County’s dining ban. There has been no official word on whether Disney will implement a similar plan in Orange County now.

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The Governor shared these Tweets about what will remain open during the new Regional Stay-at-Home orders:

Sectors that will remain open when a region is placed into the Regional Stay-At-Home, include:  – Schools that are already open – Critical infrastructure – Retail (20% capacity to reduce exposure) – Restaurants (take-out and delivery)

This indicates that theme park restaurants will not have to fully close and will still be allowed to offer take-out and delivery services to Southern California residents.

As per Governor Newsom’s press conference today, there is a heavy focus on coronavirus vaccine distribution in California. The legislature has approved a new three-tier plan that will allow first responders and other high-risk healthcare workers access to the COVID-19 vaccine — via Pfizer, Moderna, and other pharmaceutical manufacturers — first. From there, vaccine distribution will systemically expand throughout the state.

Once distribution begins, it will be a step in the right direction for Disneyland Resort and other large theme parks in California.

Disney fans — and Californians — can take heart today, however, as Governor Newsom also shared this positive message:

“We must do more and we are committed to doing so. Help is on the way. There is a light at the end of this tunnel. We are not in a permanent state. This is a temporary state. This is the third wave of a pandemic with a vaccine that is not under a development, a vaccine that is now being distributed.”

What do you think about the implementation of another stay-at-home order in California?

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