Bob Chapek extremely disappointed that Disneyland remains closed

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Theme parks in California are allowed to reopen but under strict guidelines. The theme parks of the Disneyland Resort remain closed due to those nearly impossible restrictions. Disney CEO Bob Chapek has said that he is “extremely disappointed” that California is keeping Disneyland closed.

During a conference call with analysts on Thursday Chapek said the following:

“Unfortunately, we’re extremely disappointed that the state of California continues to keep Disneyland closed. Frankly, as we and other civic leaders have stated before, we believe state leadership should look objectively at what we’ve achieved successfully at our parks around the world, all based on science as opposed to setting an arbitrary standard.”

California guidelines say that theme parks cannot reopen until their counties reach the lowest risk level under Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Orange County, where Disneyland is located, most likely won’t reach that level until summer 2021. Orange County Health Care Agency Director Clayton Chau has said he expects the county to attain that level “by next summer, hopefully.”

Disney has shown that its theme parks worldwide are able to reopen safely. Labor unions representing most Disneyland employees support Disneyland’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

“People have shown a willingness to visit our parks, which I believe is a testament to the fact that they feel confident in the measures we’ve taken,” Chapek said on the call. “We’re very encouraged by the positive news earlier this week on the progress of a potential vaccine.”

In spite of Disney officials, local state and city officials, and labor unions urging the Newsom administration to ease up on some of the theme park reopening guidelines, the major California theme parks remain closed.

The extended closure is keeping Disneyland cast members unemployed and decimating local businesses in Anaheim.

Source: Orange County Register