The hotels and theme parks at the Disneyland Resort are still closed. California has issued reopening guidelines for theme parks but they are very strict. There’s virtually no chance Disneyland can reopen this year with those guidelines. But what if COVID-19 rapid testing was in place?
Businesses around the world have begun administering rapid COVID-19 tests as a way to more fully reopen. Having rapid testing at the theme parks could allow them to reopen sooner.
Universal Studios and Six Flags have conducted surveys of potential visitors to gauge their opinions about rapid COVID-19 testing as a prerequisite for visiting their theme parks.
Universal Orlando asked respondents about their comfort level with a potential requirement that would admit only those visitors who received a negative result from a 15-minute rapid COVID-19 test. Six Flags asked how likely respondents would be to visit a Six Flags park if it could be guaranteed that nobody in attendance had COVID-19.
Former Disney Imagineer Eddie Sotto would like to see theme parks implement rapid COVID-19 testing as part of the guest screening process.
“Our goal is to restore the happiest places on Earth to be the safest places on Earth,” Sotto said. “Making people feel safe and happy is the chief objective at a park. They can’t enjoy an experience unless they are reassured.”
Right now California theme parks follow the health and safety protocols of mandatory face coverings, temperature screenings, social distancing and enhanced sanitization. No California theme parks currently require COVID-19 testing and none have proposed implementing it.
Would you get a rapid COVID-19 test in order to go to Disneyland?
Source: Orange County Register