Updated Guidelines and Mandates That Could Affect Disney

Last month, California Governor Gavin Newsom states that the state of California could possibly be completely reopen by June 15. California Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly stated this week that the state is on track to meet that goal. This means that California is on pace to drop tier restrictions and capacity limits; including a near elimination of the state-wide mask mandate.

California has also announced that out-of-state visitors are allowed to be welcomed back to theme parks but Disneyland has not began to allow out-of-state guests yet.

When this occurs, that states mandates will drastically change. This includes the states mask mandate. Masks will be completely eliminated with the only exception being large indoor events where “people from around the world” are in the same place together. This does not mean that Disney has to lift their mask requirement. As a private business, they can determine their own health and safety measurements. Previously, Disney has previously indicated that masks will be required on Disney property through the end of 2021.

When Disneyland reopened on April 30, it had been shuttered for 412 days. Orange County, where Disneyland is located, was in the Blueprint For a Safer Economy orange tier. Being in the orange tier meant that both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure would be allowed to operate at 25% capacity, with an indoor dining capacity of 25% and with restrictions on attraction capacity, as well.

This week, Orange County officials announced that Orange County has met the qualifications to enter the least restrictive COVID-19 reopening tier — tier 3. This is the yellow tier. The next step following yellow tier is to be free of any and all restrictions.

Here are the yellow tier requirements according to the City of Anaheim:

  • Bars can operate indoors at 25% capacity.
  • Indoor live events and the Honda Center can operate at 10% capacity, or 50% capacity if all Guests show a negative test result or proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Angels Baseball can welcome fans at 67% capacity.
  • Disneyland Resort theme parks (Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park) can operate at 35% capacity, with indoor dining at 50% capacity. You can read more about theme park guidelines for each tier here.

With new state data out today, Orange County now meets criteria for yellow Tier 4, the least restrictive in the state’s reopening framework.Our current positivity rate is 1 percent, the average daily case rate is 1.8 and the health equity positivity rate is 1.4 percent.If trends hold, we could see the county move to the yellow tier by the end of the month.Some key changes for the yellow tier:*Bars: indoors at 25% capacity*Indoor live events, Honda Center: 10% capacity, or 50% if all guests show a negative test result or proof of vaccination*Angels Baseball: 67% capacity*Disneyland theme parks: 35% capacity, indoor dining at 50%This is great progress in our continuing effort to fight COVID, and reflects the effectiveness of vaccines in our community.It also moves us further ahead in reopening, as we head toward June 15, when we’ll be able to largely return to normal with masks, testing and vaccines thanks to the state’s Beyond the Blueprint plan.

City of Anaheim

Learn more at Anaheim.net/reopening.

On May 13, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released updated guidelines regarding mask mandates across the United States. As of today, people who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear masks indoors or outdoors. Because Disney is a private business, they can decide when to lift the mask restrictions at their parks and on their property.

During a stakeholders call on May 13, Bob Chapek hinted that Disney would be considering lifting the mandate this summer as opposed to the end of 2021.

In addition, Disney World has already been quietly increasing their capacity at their parks and will continue to do so under this current guidance.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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