Yesterday, we reported that the state of California would release their theme park reopening guidance this week. Later in the day, the California Attractions and Parks Association requested that the state work more closely with industry leaders before releasing the guidelines.
It now looks like the unveiling of those guidelines will be postponed, according to a reporter from the Los Angeles Times.
Reporter Phil Willon posted on Twitter this morning that the Newsom Administration will postpone the release of the theme park industry guidelines, citing that “Amusement park officials complained that it was too restrictive.”
The Newsom administration is postponing the release of its guidance for reopening Disneyland and other amusement parks during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was expected to come out this week. Amusement park officials complained that it was too restrictive.
— Phil Willon (@philwillon) October 2, 2020
This was soon confirmed by Orange County Register, who reported that California Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said in a statement, “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.”
Yesterday, the California Attractions and Parks Administration noted that theme park leaders “saw an initial draft of state guidance and blueprint placement for California’s amusement parks,” and “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.”
So, it looks like it’s back to the drawing board to some extent when it comes to the theme park reopening guidelines. We will continue to monitor this story as it develops and will keep you up-to-date with all the latest information.
Click here to read about how Disneyland Resort’s President says the resort is “in limbo” until the guidelines are released.
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