A report from the OC Register has California Attractions and Parks Association executive director Erin Guerrero calling out California Governor Newsom to provide guidance on park reopenings.
It has been six months since Disneyland shut their doors and with other theme parks around the globe including Orlando, reopening with great success, theme parks are looking to Newsom to offer more than a teaser on park reopening procedures and guidelines.
Here is the statement that was in the OC Register:
California’s amusement parks urge the governor to issue amusement park guidelines expeditiously so these vital community attractions can reopen their doors in a responsible manner and get residents back to work.
Six months ago California’s amusement parks and attractions made the difficult decision to close voluntarily in response to COVID — and the impacts have been devastating. Tens of thousands of jobs have been weighing in the balance. Hundreds of millions of tax revenue that support critical local, state, and federal programs, lost. And local businesses that rely on amusement parks continue to struggle, with many closing permanently.
Over those six months, parks crafted detailed plans to reopen — they include capacity reductions, face covering requirements, robust health and safety protocols for both guests and employees, and significant modifications to support physical distancing. These practices will promote health and safety in ways that many activities Californians are currently engaging in won’t. However, in order to reopen, parks require guidance from the state and that guidance has not been forthcoming.
As evidenced by the many open amusement parks in the United States and around the world, visiting an attraction will not look the same as before COVID, but California’s amusement parks are ready to responsibly reopenErin Guerrero, California Attractions and Parks Association executive director.
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Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.