Yesterday, we learned that the state of California was planning to announce reopening guidelines for theme parks this week, before hearing that theme park officials requested a delay in that announcement so that they could have more of a say in the guidance before rules are finalized. Today, California has decided to grant that request and delay the release of their guidelines, according to The Orange County Register.
- According to California Health and Human Services secretary Mark Ghaly, state officials will work with theme park operators to finalize their reopening guidelines.
- Yesterday, the California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA) — which represents Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland California, and others — asked Governor Gavin Newsom not to issue official reopening guidance just yet.
- This came after reports that the state would be issuing their guidelines this week, which appears to no longer be the case.
- The Walt Disney Company has grown increasingly vocal about the matter, with Disney Parks, Experiences & Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro saying in a press conference last week, “We are ready, and more importantly… it is time.”
- D’Amaro also addressed the State of California in a statement announcing the company's planned layoff of 28,000 employees, stating that Californias “unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to open” had exacerbated the company’s position.
- Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have been closed since March of this year while Downtown Disney reopened to guests in July.
What they’re saying:
- California Health and Human Services secretary Mark Ghaly: “Given the size and operational complexities of these unique sectors, we are seeking additional input from health, workforce and business stakeholders to finalize this important framework — all leading with science and safety.”
- CAPA executive director Erin Guerrero: “While we are aligned on many of the protocols and health and safety requirements, there are many others that need to be modified if they are to lead to a responsible and reasonable amusement park reopening plan.”