The battle in California continues as local officials, business owners and individuals struggle with a lack of solid information and guidelines to move forward during this pandemic.
Mayor Harry Sidhu of Anaheim has been vocal of his concerns regarding California Governor Newsom’s unilateral decision making regarding the state’s financial future. He joined seven other big city mayors from California, calling on California Governor Newsom to modify the theme park reopening guidelines that he released last month.
Under the current guidelines, large theme parks such as Disneyland and Universal Studios would be able to reopen in the least restrictive yellow “minimal tier”. This could be months away and Disney as well as other large theme parks have already proven in other areas of the country and the world, they could reopen safely and responsibly given the opportunity.
With the tier system Newsom outlined, Orange County California health officials believe that Disneyland would remain closed for months, possibly into Summer 2021. The Big City Mayor’s Coalition says that the theme parks could be closed for another year. Either of these scenarios would devastate not only the state as a whole but individuals who are already struggling with no end in site.
In a letter to Newsom, the mayors ask the governor to modify the theme park plans:
The guidelines put forth by your Administration were released within the framework of prioritizing public health and safety for guests and employees. This is the right focus. However, economic and public health are not mutually exclusive goals. We are concerned that the state’s guidelines would push re-opening of large theme parks up to a year out, which would have significant negative impacts on hundreds of thousands of jobs, thousands of small businesses, and billions in operating revenue for our cities.Via OC Register
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.