California’s Theme Parks Won’t Reopen Anytime Soon

Disneyland and other California amusement park stay closed due to the coronavirus pandemic … even as style parks in Florida have actually been open for months.

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Disneyland and other California amusement park remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic … even as style parks in Florida have actually been open for months.

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California amusement park authorities state their primary concern at this point is for the tens of thousands of individuals they use directly and the many countless other companies that depend upon the industry. Last month, Disney announced it was laying off some 28,000 workers, mainly at its amusement park. Today, unions representing workers at Disneyland sent out Governor Newsom a letter supporting resuming. Christopher Duarte is the president of Workers United regional 50, representing about 7,800 food service employees. He states, “There is an opportunity to reopen the park to visitors that can be done in a safe manner. And that would actually bring our workers back to work.”

Karen Irwin, the president of Universal Studios Hollywood says, “We do not see the standards as based in science or facts. Weve shown that we can operate our parks securely and responsibly.” She states the parks invested months establishing procedures that would enable them to open while still safeguarding the health of guests and employees. They held extensive discussions with California health authorities and hosted them on visits to parks in California and Florida.

Theme park officials state they were blind-sided by Californias plan revealed Tuesday. She states the parks invested months establishing protocols that would allow them to open while still safeguarding the health of visitors and staff members. The director of the Health Department in the Orlando location, Dr. Raul Pino says at first, he was worried about the possibility that reopening parks may spread out the disease. California style park officials say their primary issue at this point is for the 10s of thousands of individuals they employ straight and the numerous thousands of other services that depend on the industry. He says, “There is an avenue to resume the park to visitors that can be done in a safe manner.

Irwin states it was “exceptionally frustrating” that assured feedback from those gos to and continued conversation over resuming guidelines never materialized. Disneyland President Ken Potrock says in Florida the business spent hours revealing health authorities how guests were behaving and how staff members were reinforcing safety procedures.

In California, as in the majority of the country, the variety of coronavirus cases is as soon as again increasing. The states Health and Human Services Secretary, Mark Ghaly said he believes ultimately, Orange County, home to Disneyland, can get to the minimal threat classification. “It will need a lot of watchfulness,” Ghaly says. “It will require us to do screening, contact tracing and support seclusion.” He does not understand when thats possible, saying just, “I dont have a crystal ball.”

Style parks in California say brand-new state standards will keep them closed indefinitely, impacting numerous thousands of employees and organizations throughout the state. The presidents of Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other amusement park say theyre considering all choices to speed their resuming, consisting of possible legal action.

In Florida, Disney Worlds four theme parks have actually been open with stringent capacity limitations considering that July. The director of the Health Department in the Orlando area, Dr. Raul Pino states initially, he was worried about the possibility that reopening parks might spread the illness. However up until now, he says, there havent been any outbreaks connected with them. Pino says Disney World, Universal Studios and other destinations in Orlando have actually worked tough to protect workers and guests. “Crowds can be managed to a degree,” he says. “And the parks are very thinking about providing a safe environment.”

Theme park officials state they were blind-sided by Californias plan revealed Tuesday. It does not allow major parks to reopen up until their counties reach what the state terms a “minimal danger” classification.