Disney and Universal urge Newsom to ‘stop delaying’ and let California theme parks ‘open now’

A new petition from Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other California theme parks urges Gov. Gavin Newsom to stop delaying COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and allow the major tourist destinations to open now after seven months of coronavirus closures.

California Attractions and Parks Association launched the new Reopen California Amusement Parks website aimed at encouraging state residents to demand Newsom reopen California theme parks.

“Governor, we urge you to use the science and data to allow these parks to open now,” reads the CAPA petition on the website. “Please stop delaying, please develop reasonable and fair guidance and please allow California’s amusement parks to reopen soon. We know they are ready and so are we.”

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The Sacramento-based CAPA represents Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland California, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and California’s Great America.

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.

“Californians need jobs, businesses need customers, local governments need revenue and most importantly, we all need hope,” reads the CAPA petition. “Even more than the lost jobs and lost revenue, however, the greatest impact is truly the loss of hope, joy, laughter and fun. That damage is the most painful of all.”

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Disney announced in late September that 28,000 employees would be laid off in the Disney Parks, Entertainment and Products division — mostly at Disneyland and Disney World — as the company continues to struggle with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. An exact count of the layoffs at the Disneyland resort is not yet available, but an early estimate puts the number in excess of 8,700 employees — with the number expected to rise.

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Universal Studios Hollywood announced 2,200 temporary or permanent layoffs due to continuing business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, known as the WARN Act.

“Besides offering Californians a safe and fun outdoor activity during these bleak COVID-19 days, these parks directly employ tens of thousands of people and entire communities have been built around …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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