Disneyland California Might Not Reopen Until Summer 2021
News - PARKS 21-Oct-2020
Disneyland California has still not reopened, and things are getting heated. Orange County officials set out their rules for when businesses can reopen in the state of California, which states theme parks require a state-wide 2% positivity rate to open (it's currently 3.2%). The state must meet those requirements for 2 weeks before moving down a tier. OC Register reports that this policy is going to keep Disneyland California closed at best until November or December 2020, but more likely until summer 2021. Perhaps not even until a vaccine is distributed.
The mayor of the city of Anaheim has spoken against these regulations, saying they are hurting families and businesses across the state.
Disney, understandably, are sick of these policies being put in place, and has also spoken out saying the park is ready to open safely, just like Walt Disney World has, and holding off the reopening risks even more layoffs.
We have proven that we can responsibly reopen, with science-based health and safety protocols strictly enforced at our theme park properties around the world. Nevertheless, the State of California continues to ignore this fact, instead mandating arbitrary guidelines that it knows are unworkable and that hold us to a standard vasty different from other reopened businesses and state-operated facilities. Together with our labor unions we want to get people back to work, but these State guidelines will keep us shuttered for the foreseeable future, forcing thousands more people out of work, leading to the inevitable closure of small family-owned businesses and irreparably devasting the Anaheim/Southern California community.
Ken Potrock, President, Disneyland Resort.