After over a year of vacancy, large California theme parks have received the green light to reopen on April 1.
The Newsom administration’s newly announced “Blueprint Refresh” will allow Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland California and other California theme parks as well as stadiums to reopen as early as April 1.
There are strict reopening guidelines that must be adhered to in order for these businesses to reopen.
“Throughout the pandemic, California’s business community has been committed to protecting the health and safety of workers and customers — and that won’t change now,” Dee Dee Myers, senior advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom and director of the governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, said in a statement Friday. “We will continue to work together with our partners across all sectors of the economy as we reopen safely, sustainably and equitably.”
There hasn’t been much of Newsom’s administration working with anyone in the last year but this is certainly a step in the right direction for getting California back on track and people back to work. The restructuring of the tier’s comes on the heels of the recall effort for the governor gaining momentum.
Capacity at theme parks like Universal, Disneyland and even sports stadiums will be limited to 15% for those in the red tier. Once a county gets to the orange tier, capacity can be increased to 25% and in the yellow tier it goes up to 35%.
Most California counties were major theme parks reside remain in the most-restrictive purple/widespread tier 1 risk level. This includes Orange county where Disneyland and Knott’s are. Los Angeles County is where Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain are located and San Diego which is where SeaWorld and Legoland are.
Orange and Los Angeles counties are expected to move into the red tier 2 next week. This would mean that Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s, Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain could reopen on April 1.
For out of state fans hoping to get to Disneyland, hold off on buying those plane tickets. Attendance will be limited to in-state visitors upon initial reopening.
This change is a complete reversal of the Newsom administration which has refused to work with theme parks to provide guidelines and guidance on reopening until this point. A bi-partisan bill was proposed in the California state legislature in February which would speed the reopening of theme parks and override state guidelines.
This new move means that Newsom can now take credit for the reopening even though he has been the sole reason progress on this front has been so slow. We are excited about this news and are excited for the workers who can sleep a little easier tonight knowing they could be back to work soon.