Early reports from LA Times reporter Phil Willon suggest California Governor Gavin Newsom will postpone the release of new theme park health and safety guidelines.
Read the tweets from Willon below.
“The Newsom administration is postponing the release of its guidance for reopening Disneyland and other amusement parks during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was expected to come out this week. Amusement park officials complained that it was too restrictive,” Willon tweeted.
Willon’s tweets included a statement from Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s health and human services director.
“Given the size and operational complexities of these unique sectors, we are seeking additional input from health, workforce and business stakeholders to finalize this important framework — all leading with science and safety,” Ghaly said.
California Theme Parks Want Input
The California Attractions and Parks Association asked state officials not to finalize plans yet. The organization said it wanted health officials to discuss potential guidelines with park operators first.
CAPA Executive Director Erin Guerrero issued the following statement to The Orange County Register.
“We ask the governor not to finalize guidance for amusement parks before engaging the industry in a more earnest manner, listening to park operators’ expertise and collaborating with the industry on a plan that will allow for amusement parks to reopen responsibly while still keeping the health and safety of park employees and guests a top priority. While we are aligned on many of the protocols and health and safety requirements, there are many others that need to be modified if they are to lead to a responsible and reasonable amusement park reopening plan.”
Yesterday also saw Disney chairman Bob Iger resign from Gov. Newsom’s task force on the state’s economic recovery.
Disneyland and other theme parks have been pressuring officials to release official COVID-19 operational guidelines for a while. While Disney World in Florida already reopened months ago, California’s stricter guidelines and closures have left its sister park’s doors shuttered.
Source: Disneyland News Today