The Universal Studios Hollywood president asked the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to allow theme park workers to return to work immediately in order to prepare for a reopening. Theme parks in the L.A. County would like to reopen between mid-June and July 1.
Karen Irwin, Universal Hollywood’s president, argues that theme parks don’t need to be among the last facilities to reopen since park visitors spend most of their time outdoors.
“Theme parks actually offer a more controlled environment than beaches, gardens or hiking trails,” said Irwin. She also said that the industry is developing protective measures that will allow for physical distancing, and noted that parks have the ability to limit capacity and manage guest flow.
“We would like approval to begin the reopening process immediately in order to get our employees back to work,” she said. “L.A. County parks will be ready to begin reopening between mid-June and July 1.” Irwin also noted that Las Vegas is reopening its casinos, and argued that L.A. County residents should have local options.
Universal is the first California theme park to request/suggest a reopening time. Universal Orlando will be reopening Friday with new health and safety measures in place.
Here’s hoping we will see some of our favorite Californian theme parks start to reopen soon!
Photo Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood
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