Earlier today, California Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly gave an update to the state’s county tier system. He also introduced a new health equity metric that all counties must meet in order to advance to the next reopening tier.
During a question and answer session with reporters, Dr. Ghaly was asked to provide an update on the theme park guidelines, which were set to be released last week but was ultimately delayed.
It was unveiled today that Orange County, where Disneyland resides, will not move forward to the next reopening tier. Currently, Orange County is in the red tier, also known as “substantial.” In order to move to the next tier (orange, or “moderate”), Orange County must have two consistent weeks of metrics meeting that tier’s standards.
The new health equity metric essentially requires a county to produce solid metrics for not just the entire county, but specifically for communities that are most at-risk. Keep in mind that there are now three metrics that a county must reach in order to advance to the next reopening tier: case rate, positive cases, and this new health equity metric.
Once Dr. Ghaly’s presentation concluded, he was asked by Brady MacDonald of Orange County Register if there was an update he could provide on the reopening guidelines for theme parks.
Dr. Ghaly responded by saying that “Theme parks continues to be a high priority for the administration,” and that the state is currently having conversations and “working closely with a number of the direct operators of theme parks and also the overall agency or organization representing theme parks, as well as the labor partners that represent the workers.”
However, Dr. Ghaly did not give exact details on when we can expect to see theme park guidelines be released. He noted that “I’m not sure when those conversations wrap up.” He concluded by saying that there is “no promise of a specific date” for when we can expect the guidelines, though he did say “as soon as possible.”
Dr. Ghaly’s remarks continued to include a brief mention about how reopening theme parks is not only a matter of one individual park opening, but that it involves the collective effort of the entire community, since the theme parks have such a large impact on the surrounding area.
He noted that reopening the theme parks is “about the entire community and having dialogue with not just those operators but others who both have a stake in what happens with this guidance but also have a responsibility to reduce the risk for so many people from California who might visit a theme park in the future.”
So, for now it looks like Orange County will have to wait at least one more week before they can advance to the orange reopening tier. As of this writing, since the theme park guidelines have not been released, we cannot confirm which tier a county needs to be in for theme parks to reopen. But as soon as we learn more, we will be sure to keep you informed!
Click here to read about the state of California’s decision to delay the release of theme park guidelines.
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