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Everything You Need To Know About California Theme Parks Reopening
Theme parks in California may be given the green light to reopen on April 1.
According to an announcement from the California Department of Public Health, the state recently updated its reopening guidelines, allowing theme parks and live outdoor events, such as concerts and sporting events, to ramp up next month.
These outdoor events will be allowed to operate with a reduced capacity and consistent masking, but may only welcome Californians for the time being.
In addition, only regional visitors will be able to attend the live performances and sporting events, and opening capacity will depend on the county’s COVID-19 rates.
Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, Dr. Mark Ghaly, said, “With case rates and hospitalizations significantly lower, the arrival of three highly effective vaccines, and targeted efforts aimed at vaccinating the most vulnerable communities, California can begin gradually and safely bringing back more activities, especially those that occur outdoors and where consistent masking is possible.”
Counties falling under the red tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy system will be able to open April 1. Prior to the guidelines being changed, theme parks had to reach the yellow tier— the lowest in the system— before being able to open.
The counties of Orange and Los Angeles, where Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood are located, are currently in the purple tier, however they are reported to be close to reaching the red tier and expected to do so by April 1.
If they do, they will be able to open at a capacity of 15%. If they move into the orange tier, they will be able to operate at 25% capacity. And once they reach the yellow tier, they may operate at a capacity of 35%.
Ken Potrock, president of Disneyland, said of the news, “We are encouraged that theme parks now have a path toward reopening this spring, getting thousands of people back to work and greatly helping neighboring businesses and our entire community.”