We recently shared that the state of California updated its theme park reopening guidelines and Disneyland could open as early as April 1, 2021. Now it looks like the resort could reopen by late April. Disney CEO Bob Chapek shared the following at the annual shareholder meeting.
The statement reads:
“Here in California, we’re encouraged by the positive trends we’re seeing and we’re hopeful they’ll continue to improve and we’ll be able to reopen our Parks to guests with limited capacity by late April — we look forward to publicizing an opening date in the coming weeks. While last week’s announcement stated that theme parks may open starting on April 1, the fact is it will take some time to get them ready for our guests — this includes recalling more than 10,000 furloughed Cast and retraining them to be able to operate according to the State of California’s new requirements. I am pleased to say the response has been great thus far, our Cast Members are excited to get back to work. And this is also good news for the Anaheim community, which depends on Disneyland for jobs and business generated by visitors.”
California previously announced that theme parks can reopen at 15% capacity in the red/substantial tier 2 COVID risk status and only to California residents. This is great news for the furloughed Cast Members that will be recalled to work!
Disneyland remains in the purple/most restrictive tier right now, so hopefully COVID cases will subside over the next month and the parks can reopen. We will continue to update as Disney releases more information!
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