California Governor Gavin Newsom will be meeting with California theme parks this week. He shared this information in an update today. He also said that he’ll be sending members of his own team to visit Florida theme parks.
“This week, just to preview, we’ll be visiting with some of the larger theme parks, continuing some of those conversations back and forth. We continue in good faith to try to work to get where I know everybody wants to go, and that’s to get people back to work, and also to create more entertainment options. But also we need to do so in a safe way. We need to do so with a health-first frame. And we are going to continue that hard work, and a lot of that work will be advanced even further later this week with some in-site visits and some deeper collaboration, even beyond some of the larger theme parks, but many of the smaller theme parks that want to maintain some distinction from those larger — those larger well-known brands here in the state” said Newsom.
Newsom shared that his team is working with theme parks to come up with reopening guidelines. He also shared that his team is constantly looking toward what other states, as well as other countries, are doing in terms of reopening and other operations.
“I have a whole team that spends their time not only getting the answer to that question, but asking those same questions. And so this week as a proof point of that, we have supported an effort to actually find out directly by sending our own team to these sites, as it relates to theme parks, to get a better sense of what’s going on. While we absolutely take people’s word for information that they provide us, we want to see things for ourselves.
And so that’s just one example of some of the work that we do. We share information 24/7 back and forth, not only between counties and county health officers, but respective team members particularly in this west coast collaborative that includes their chief of staff, are constantly sharing information about what’s worked in their states, and what hasn’t worked in their states, as it relates to guidance, as it relates to mandates, as it relates to messaging.”
But then Newsom said this:
“But we are California, and we have values, and we have an approach, and we have a new frame of discipline. And we’re going to be stubborn in terms of keeping people’s health front and center and balancing all of these commensurate challenges as it relates to getting people back to work and addressing people’s isolation and stress and anxiety, and getting our kids back to in-person learning, and the incredible importance that we place on all of that at the same time.”
Newsom continues to say that California will be “stubborn” in regards to reopening.
He did not share which theme parks he plans to visit or when those visits will take place, but we will update when we have more information. You can watch Newsom’s full update below: