State of California Reviewing How and When to Open Theme Parks

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California theme parks, including Disneyland, are still closed due to COVID-19. Theme parks are able to reopen in stage 3 of Governor Newsom’s 4-stage reopening plan. As of right now, under current public health orders, no theme parks can reopen in California.

“Theme parks are not permitted to open in California at this time, under current public health orders,” California Health and Human Services spokesperson Kate Folmar told The Orange County Register. “We will continue to review health data to determine when and how theme parks may consider reopening at lower risk to staff and visitors.”

Major California theme parks including Disneyland and Universal submitted reopening plans in July but a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California this summer put those plans on hold. Knott’s Berry Farm reopened without rides for a series of food and wine events. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has reopened its animal-only Marine World Experience with reduced capacity.

According to State officials, the California Department of Public Health will issue detailed guidance with suggested modifications for how to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread when theme parks do reopen. The state will also work with theme parks on developing COVID-19 health and safety reopening plans.

There is no official word on when California state will issue reopening guidelines and/or approve the plans theme parks have already submitted. We will continue to update as more information is made available.

Source: The Orange County Register