We’re just one month away from the historic reopening of Disneyland! It’s starting to look like more guests will be allowed to visit the Happiest Place on Earth as soon as its gates reopen for the first time since March of last year.
According to the Los Angeles Times, both Orange County where Disneyland is located and Los Angeles County where Universal Studios Hollywood is located are set to move ahead to the Orange reopening tier, effective Wednesday, March 31st.
The move comes just one day prior to the day when theme parks would have been allowed to reopen in the Red tier, where Orange County and Los Angeles County were previously.
Los Angeles County, while cleared to enter the Orange tier as early as March 31st, chose to delay the reopening of businesses until Monday, April 5th. According to LA County Health Official Barbra Ferrer, the move is to “give the county more time to make sure that the previous red-tier reopenings have not increased coronavirus transmission.”
For theme parks like Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, the following changes will take place once their counties cross over into the Orange tier. Perhaps most notably, the amount of guests that will be able to be admitted to Disneyland will now increase by two-thirds:
- Park capacity can increase from 15% (Red tier) to 25% (Orange tier)
- Indoor dining will be allowed (under the Red tier, only outdoor dining was permitted)
- Indoor capacity can increase from 15% (Red tier) to 25% (Orange tier)
While the counties’ statuses are not set in stone and could always move backwards should another surge take place, trends seem to indicate that both Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland will reopen under the Orange tier.
Looking ahead, in order for counties to move forward to the next tier, Yellow, COVID-19 metrics would need to continue to drop significantly. The metrics required to enter the Yellow tier include a daily new case rate of less than 1.0 per 100,000 residents, a positive test rate of less than 2.0%, and a positive test rate for heath equity quartile of less than 2.2%.
Keep in mind that certain theme park guidance remains the same across all current reopening tiers, most notably that admission is only permitted for California residents.
We’ll continue to keep a close watch on Orange and Los Angeles Counties’ progress in the coming weeks as their theme parks prepare to reopen!
Are you a resident of California and are planning on attending the reopening of a major theme park? Let us know in the comments!
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