California Governor Gavin Newsom, in conjunction with California Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell, appears to be sticking to the strict guidelines and requirements before allowing theme parks like Disneyland to reopen, based on his new four-stage plan. During a livestream yesterday, he established phases in which each business sector can reopen. Stage 1, “where we are now”, Stage 2, which includes Lower-Risk Workplaces, Stage 3 covering Higher-Risk Workplaces, and Stage 4, the end of the stay-at-home order.
According to the OC Register, theme parks were not explicitly mentioned in the plan outline, but all major theme parks in the state, including Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, and others seem to fall under Stage 4 of the roadmap, if not Stage 3 at the very earliest with significant operational changes, such as the ones outlined earlier this morning by the Orange County Task Force.
In any case, a full Stage 4 reopening will not be possible under this plan without medicines or a vaccine readily available for COVID-19. With Stage 1 considered “where we are now”, Stage 2 is still likely weeks away, Stage 3 is likely months away, and Stage 4 can only be established with treatment.
Disneyland Resort remains closed, along with the rest of the Disney Parks, “until further notice.” In a recent interview with Barron’s, former Disney CEO Bob Iger commented on the possibility of temperature checks for guests, but no confirmation of this being implemented at the other Disney Parks (besides Shanghai Disney Resort) has been issued.
Even when the parks reopen, staff will be required to wear facemasks and use touchless hand sanitisers, so given these necessary but sobering requirements, how long until Celebration Anaheim is postponed and rescheduled? Stay tuned, with May the 4th in the horizon we may be getting news sooner rather than later.
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