Southern California — which includes Orange County, where Disneyland is located — will be under a regional stay-at-home order starting this weekend as COVID-19 cases rise and more patients are admitted to hospital ICUs. Here’s what this means for current Disneyland Resort operations.
On Thursday, December 3, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a regional stay-at-home order in order to decrease the spread of COVID-19. The order affects regions whose ICU capacity dips below 15%. Since Southern California hospitals had only approximately 20% of ICU beds available as of Thursday, it became clear that the stay-at-home order was imminent. As of Friday, December 4, the Southern California region had only 13.1% of ICU beds available — triggering the stay-at-home order.
As of Saturday, December 5, it was confirmed that the stay-at-home order for Southern California would go into effect, and businesses would have 24 hours to comply. The order will last three weeks, pending more news from the state.
Under this stay-at-home order for Southern California, here are the restrictions that would apply to the Downtown Disney District, which is still allowed to operate with modifications:
- Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
- Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
- Hotels and lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.
- Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.
So, what does this mean for current Disneyland Resort operations?
As of Saturday afternoon, here is the update that Disneyland shared:
While the Downtown Disney District has begun a phased reopening, beginning Dec. 7, restaurants and dining locations that do not offer take-out will close. Retail locations will remain open.
Here’s a breakdown of how the Southern California stay-at-home order will affect operations at Downtown Disney, Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure, and the Disney Vacation Club villas at Disneyland Resort.
- Dining: Disney’s latest update indicates that no food or beverage may be consumed on-property, and all food and beverages must be taken to-go and consumed off Disney property. Only dining locations offering takeout are allowed to stay open, as no table-service dining is allowed during this stay-at-home order mandated by the state.
- Capacity: Capacity will be limited even more than before, with fewer Guests allowed inside stores like Elias & Co. on Buena Vista Street and World of Disney in Downtown Disney. Capacity at Downtown Disney (including Buena Vista Street) will be reduced from 25% to 20%.
- Hotels: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa was set to reopen on December 6. However, Disney delayed the reopening as they evaluated the guidance from Gov. Newsom under the stay-at-home order.
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure closed in mid-March, but since this summer, Disneyland Resort has been in a phased reopening — albeit very, very slowly.
In mid-July, Downtown Disney began a phased reopening. The Backlot Premiere Shop (on the Hollywood Land backlot of DCA) opened in early October. And, most recently, Buena Vista Street inside Disney California Adventure reopened as an extension of Downtown Disney on November 19. Disney has slowly offered more inside DCA, and many fans suspect that — as Disney is allowed to — they will continue to expand the shopping and dining offerings to give Guests more to do and bring more Cast Members back to work.
We will continue to update Inside the Magic as more information about Disneyland Resort operations becomes available.