Some California theme parks are considering legal action to speed up reopening

The California Attractions and Parks Association says that some theme parks are exploring legal action in order to pressure the state into allowing amusement parks to reopen.

“All options are open at this point,” said Erin Guerrero, executive director of the California Attractions and Parks Association in a press conference yesterday.

Earlier this week California theme park reopening guidelines were released from the state. Larger theme parks were told they would not be allowed to reopen until their counties had reached the “minimal” tier.

Currently, Orange County, home to the Disneyland Resort, is in the “substantial” tier which is two away from “minimal”.  It could take months before Disneyland can reopen.

“I don’t know when Orange County will enter the yellow (minimal) tier,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s health secretary, said during a news briefing Tuesday.

Theme park executives from Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Legoland and Knott’s Berry Farm joined Guerrero at the media conference yesterday. All of those theme parks have been closed since mid-March and have collectively lost billions over the last eight months.

“Pushing us into Tier Four behind other businesses that have already reopened makes no sense,” Karen Irwin, president and chief operating officer of Universal Studios Hollywood, said. “It ignores science, reason and the economic devastation this will bring to the thousands of our employees, the indirect businesses that rely on us and our industry overall.”

“We should be in Tier Three, along with other industries that have proven they can reopen responsibly,” she said. “Our employees are ready to go back to work and the fact that they won’t be able to do so until well into next year is shameful.”

Disneyland President Ken Potrock also released a statement regarding the new reopening guidelines. He said, “We have proven that we can responsibly reopen, with science-based health and safety protocols strictly enforced at our theme park properties around the world… Nevertheless, the State of California continues to ignore this fact, instead mandating arbitrary guidelines that it knows are unworkable and that hold us to a standard vastly different from other reopened businesses and state-operated facilities.”

Stay tuned as we wait and see if any legal action is taken against the state of California.


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