California will release Disneyland reopening plan ‘when we’re ready,’ state official says

Visits to Florida and Southern California theme parks will help a team from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration develop long-awaited COVID-19 health and safety guidelines that will allow the state’s major tourist destinations to reopen after seven months of coronavirus closures.

“I know a number of people are continuing to wonder when that guidance is coming out and I like to say, ‘It will come out when we’re ready,’” California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said. “We’re working closely with our industry partners making sure that we take all feedback, use our own information from visits to operating parks in other states and then some visits here in parts of California to understand how those plans will come together.”

Ghaly commented on amusement parks reopening guidelines during a news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 13 — the seven-month anniversary of the closure of Disneyland.

Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland California and other California theme parks closed in mid-March amid the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and remain shuttered while they await guidelines for safely reopening from the state.

State agency officials were expected to visit Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other California theme parks this week to review COVID-19 protocols instituted by the industry leaders.

“In terms of the California visits, those are upcoming, and together the information and the dialogue with our theme park operators across the state will help us land in a place that I think we can all feel confident is based on the best and most up-to-date information,” Ghaly said during the news conference.

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The delegation will include the California Department of Public Health, California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

Newsom administration officials went to Florida last week to assess the health safeguards in practice at Disney World and other Orlando-area theme parks.

“We look forward to compiling the information from those visits, having ongoing dialogue so we land with the guidance that really does make sense,” Ghaly said during the news conference. “I haven’t gotten the report back on what their findings and experience was, but the reason why we sent people is to really understand in action how a park operates, how the community around it functions with the park open in a time where we’re facing COVID transmission and really how it plays out not just within the park, but beyond.”

Newsom’s administration plans to compile best practices from the Florida theme park trip.

“We’re trying to get a better handle on what we’re being told, what we’re reading about, and our own concerns and our own environment as it relates to what makes our theme parks distinctive and unique,” Newsom said during a news conference this week. “What’s worked in their states and what hasn’t worked in their states as it relates to guidance, as it relates to mandates, as it relates to messaging.”

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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