Earlier today, we shared the news that the state of California was close to issuing theme park industry guidelines, and that we could expect to see those guidelines this week.
Now, it looks as though the theme parks themselves are asking for more time, according to Orange County Register.
The California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA), the organization that represents Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, and many other theme parks throughout the state is asking Governor Gavin Newsom to work with the industry before finalizing their reopening guidelines.
According to the article, CAPA Director Erin Guerrero stated, “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.”
The comments made by CAPA seem to highlight a disconnect between the state of California and the theme park industry, which was also brought up recently by Disneyland President Ken Potrock. He noted that when it comes to the reopening guidelines, Disneyland has “made many, many, many recommendations as to what those protocols should be. We’ve offered to help with guidance so that we can get to a place that would be reasonable for us to open. Unfortunately we haven’t received that guidance.”
Erin Guerrero also noted in the article, “Today California amusement park leaders who have been working for months to prepare to reopen responsibly saw an initial draft of state guidance and blueprint placement for California’s amusement parks…While we are aligned on many of the protocols and health and safety requirements, there are many others that need to be modified if they are to lead to a responsible and reasonable amusement park reopening plan.”
CAPA has urged the state to work with the industry in order to issue reopening guidelines, which has been echoed in recent weeks by other Disney executives as well as local government officials and organizations.
We will continue to track this developing story and will keep you informed with all the latest information!
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