Today California has finally issued reopening guidelines for theme parks. In a news conference, California Health and Human Services secretary Mark Ghaly announced that theme parks have been added to Governor Newsom’s four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
California theme parks include Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, SeaWorld San Diego, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Legoland California.
There are separate guidelines for smaller and larger theme parks in California. Smaller parks can reopen in the “moderate” tier while larger theme parks can open in the “minimal” tier.
Newly issued protocols for theme parks include mandatory masks, social distancing, increased sanitization, reduced attraction capacity, and employee training. Larger theme parks will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity.
Most major theme parks are located in counties that are in the second-most restrictive “substantial” risk level. Disneyland is located in Orange County while SeaWorld and Legoland are in San Diego.
These new guidelines mean Disneyland won’t be able to reopen for weeks or even months until Orange County reaches the “minimal” risk level. That could mean Disneyland won’t reopen until next year, at the worst.
This will make setting a reopening date difficult for larger theme parks. We will continue to update as more information becomes available.
You can see the full press conference below: