California Governor Announces That Disneyland Is Exempt From State’s Ban on Large Gatherings

Update: Shortly after the Governor’s statements, Disneyland announced that they would be temporarily closing starting on the morning of Saturday, March 14th, with plans to stay closed through the end of March.

Around the world, local governments have been imposing bans on non-essential large gatherings to slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus. Disney has closed three of their international parks in response to the outbreak, and all of Broadway is scheduled to go dark starting this evening.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Yesterday, California issued a ban on large gatherings, announcing that any non-essential gatherings of 250 people or more should be canceled or postponed. This left many wondering what would happen with Disneyland, a question that Governor Newsom clarified in a press conference today.

According to a statement by California’s Governor Gavin Newsom, the ban exempts Disneyland and other major theme parks, including Universal Studios and Knott’s Berry Farm.

Disneyland will remain open for the immediate future. ©Disney

On their part, Disney has released an official statement regarding their adoption of strict sanitation measures. We will continue to keep you updated as this story develops.

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Austin Lang is an Orlando local with a love of Disney, puns, and Disney puns. He's been a contributing writer for AllEars since 2019, and has been sharing his quirky view of Disney life ever since.

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3 Replies to “California Governor Announces That Disneyland Is Exempt From State’s Ban on Large Gatherings”

    1. I can’t imagine why he would exempt these kinds of places anyway? If these theme parks didn’t partake I think it would start looking like a payoff kind of thing. I mean if everything else is closing why leave open a place where thousands upon thousands are ruuuuning their germy hands along the same railings….even kids licking them lol. Seems like the theme parks would be a haven for this virus really. I haven’t thought much of it until Tom Hanks came down with it….then it became real. haha