Newsom Keeps Disneyland Closed Till NEXT Summer—Kills California Tourism

Disneyland, Universal Studios and other theme parks bring in tourists—millions of them.  Not only from other parts of California, but the nation and the world.   At the same time the Guv is killing off churches, education and small businesses.  It looks like the theme parks will not be allowed to open till at least next summer.  Newsom has cancel Easter, the 4th of July, Labor Day and new has cancelled Thanksgiving.  Expect his anti-religious efforts to include cancelling Christmas.  He has already said we are not allow to sing.

“Smaller theme parks can reopen open at 25% capacity or 500 in-county visitors, whichever is fewer, with admission by reservation only in the “moderate” tier. Larger theme parks can reopen at 25% capacity with reservations in the “minimal” tier.

The new guidelines mean Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other large theme parks won’t be able to reopen for months until their respective counties reach the least-restrictive “minimal” risk level. California’s Great America — located in Santa Clara County which is in the “moderate” tier — could theoretically open in one to three weeks if the county successfully moves to the “minimal” tier.

At best, that means major California theme parks won’t reopen until November or December. At worst, reopening dates could be pushed to next year, which makes setting a reopening date for Disneyland, Universal and other California theme parks difficult if not impossible. Without a firm reopening date, the parks can’t set staffing, training, ride testing and visitor reservation plans.”

A theme park that cannot have more than 500 people at a time, is a park that can not open.  Newsom is working overtime to keep the Depression going

California allows theme parks to reopen, but Disney and Universal may not return until next summer

California theme parks closed in mid-March as the COVID-19 pandemic forced business across the U.S. to shutter their operations and society to adjust to the ‘new normal.’

By Brady MacDonald, Daily News,   10/20/20   

California has cleared theme parks to reopen after more than seven months of coronavirus closures provided they follow newly issued COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, but Disney, Universal and other large parks may not be able to return until next summer.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly announced during a news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 20 that reopening guidelines for amusement parks have been added to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, SeaWorld San Diego, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Legoland California and other California theme parks can reopen under newly issued protocols that require mandatory masks, social distancing, increased sanitization, reduced attraction capacity and employee training.

California officials issued separate reopening guidelines for smaller and larger theme parks in the state. Small theme parks can reopen in the “moderate” tier while large theme parks must wait to return in the “minimal” tier.

Smaller theme parks can reopen open at 25% capacity or 500 in-county visitors, whichever is fewer, with admission by reservation only in the “moderate” tier. Larger theme parks can reopen at 25% capacity with reservations in the “minimal” tier.

The new guidelines mean Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other large theme parks won’t be able to reopen for months until their respective counties reach the least-restrictive “minimal” risk level. California’s Great America — located in Santa Clara County which is in the “moderate” tier — could theoretically open in one to three weeks if the county successfully moves to the “minimal” tier.

At best, that means major California theme parks won’t reopen until November or December. At worst, reopening dates could be pushed to next year, which makes setting a reopening date for Disneyland, Universal and other California theme parks difficult if not impossible. Without a firm reopening date, the parks can’t set staffing, training, ride testing and visitor reservation plans.

Orange County Health Care Agency Director Clayton Chau said Tuesday during the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting that it will be difficult for Orange County to reach the yellow “minimal” tier until there’s a vaccine.

“I think for a large county like us, especially a county with institutions of higher education where folks come in from outside the county and outside the state, it’s going to be very hard to achieve the yellow tier,” Chau said during the meeting. “Personally, I think that we can look forward to a yellow tier by next summer, hopefully.”

Disneyland resort president Ken Potrock said Disney’s Anaheim theme parks can responsibly reopen with strictly enforced, science-based health and safety protocols.

“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 vastly different from other reopened businesses and state-operated facilities,” Potrock said in a statement. “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 devastating the Anaheim/Southern California community.”

California Attractions and Parks Association Executive Director Erin Guerrero said Gov. Newsom’s administration did not use science or data to inform the state’s theme park reopening plan.

“Let me be unequivocal: The guidance issued by the Newsom Administration will keep theme parks shuttered for the foreseeable future,” Guerrero said in a statement. “By forcing amusement parks to stay closed until their home county reaches Tier 4, the Governor has issued a ‘Keep Theme Parks Closed Indefinitely’ plan which will devastate California’s major theme park industry.”

Keeping large California theme parks closed until well into next year is “shameful,” according to Universal Studios Hollywood President Karen Irwin.

“Pushing us into Tier Four behind other businesses that have already reopened makes no sense,” Irwin said in a statement. “We should be in Tier Three, along with other industries that have proven they can reopen responsibly.”

Cedar Fair Regional Vice President Raffi Kaprelyan said the parent company of Knott’s Berry Farm and California’s Great America has had zero cases of COVID-19 traced back to its reopened theme parks across the U.S.

“Our safety protocols have been proven effective, exceeding state requirements where we’ve opened,” Kaprelyan said in a statement.

Six Flags Magic Mountain president Don McCoy said he was deeply disappointed with the state’s decision to keep large theme parks in the yellow “minimal” tier.

“Six Flags Magic Mountain is well positioned to re-open, however this latest news could effectively keep us closed indefinitely,” McCoy said in a statement.

Legoland California president Kurt Stocks called the Newsom administration’s new theme park guidelines “arbitrary and unacceptable.”

“The administration’s actions to this point have cost tens of thousands of jobs across the industry, and today’s announcement will all but confirm that thousands more will be lost,” Stocks said in a statement.

Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu: statement on California’s disappointing guidelines for reopening theme parks. pic.twitter.com/EN2yubYabZ

— City of Anaheim (@City_of_Anaheim) October 20, 2020

Most California counties with major theme parks fall into the second-most restrictive “substantial” risk level — including Orange (Disneyland and Knott’s), San Diego (SeaWorld and Legoland) and Solano (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom).

Los Angeles County — home to Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain — is in the most restrictive “widespread” risk level.

Santa Clara County — home to California’s Great America and the smaller Gilroy Gardens and Happy Hollow parks — is in the second-least restrictive “moderate” risk level.

Back in June, Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego and Legoland California all announced proposed July 1 reopening dates. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure proposed reopening on July 17 — the 65th anniversary of Disneyland. By late June, a spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California forced theme parks to postpone their plans while they awaited reopening guidelines from the state. Since then, theme parks have been left waiting on the sidelines while other segments of the economy have reopened under Newsom’s four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

After six months of frustration, California theme parks began ratcheting up pressure on Newsom and calling on the state to issue COVID-19 guidelines that would allow them to reopen. The pandemic has cost major players such as Six Flags and SeaWorld tens of millions. Industry leaders like Disney and Universal have suffered financial losses that have reached the billions.

SEE ALSO: Knott’s parent company sees $1 billion revenue drop and 20 million visitor decline amid pandemic

California theme parks were set to reopen in Stage 3 of the state’s original road map for reopening plan. But the “road map” was shelved in favor of the “blueprint” when progress slowed in the fight against the virus and the state became stuck in Stage 2. Large California counties — where most theme parks are located — could find it just as difficult to reach the lowest-risk “minimal” tier.

Only seven California counties — with a combined population of 238,000 people — have reached the lowest-risk “minimal” tier. Southern California theme parks are located in the three largest counties in the state — home to more than 16 million people. California counties can reach the “minimal” risk tier once they have less than one daily new COVID-19 case per 100,000 people and less than 2% positive tests.

The parks furloughed thousands of employees followed by layoffs as the closures stretched from weeks to months. Disney laid off 28,000 employees at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in late September as the company continued to struggle with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of its Anaheim theme parks.

The extended closures have had a devastating impact on hotels, restaurants and businesses surrounding the California theme parks and area cities that depend on tourism-based tax revenue. Since Disneyland closed, Anaheim’s budget deficit has climbed to $100 million and the city’s unemployment rate has risen to 15%.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. He’s doing this out of spite for people giving him the finger over Halloween and Thanksgiving.

    If “Slow Joe and Da Hoe” win, I bet it opens up quicker….

    • Disgusted in California says

      WRONG – if Creepy Joe and the Ho win, we’ll be in lockdown forever!!!!! The whole goal is to destroy the economy – and blame it on T rump YET – who said it was nothing to start with??? Piglosi, diBlasio, Cuomo!!! WHO does Fauci report to in reality – Piglosi and Soros and the left.

      This is a total SHAM – and asswipeNuisance is a little tyrant having his day in the sun. His winery’ s been open throughout this plandemic.

  2. Disney attracts the younger, healthier, and mobile society rather than the elderly population, many with pre-existing conditions, and most vulnerable to COVID-19.

    Statistically, there are “some” fatalities among the younger population, but the major number of fatalities are still concentrated among the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. Governor Newsom is holding the younger and healthier hostage until the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions stop dying.

  3. Otis Needleman says

    An evil act by an evil man. Some people do God’s work. Newsom does Satan’s work.

    Recall Newsom.

  4. William Hicks says

    I have no disrespect for Disney Industries, but what makes Disney any more important than the businesses in my City and County that are either out of business or living on vapor fumes?

  5. cynthia l sobel says

    Disney is keeping itself closed! No mandate or order is LAW. You lock your doors it is on you. Just OPEN up there are no consequences. For more info see TheHealthyAmerican.org spread the word with Peggys videos and handouts. Walmart has lost 4 lawsuits and does not require masks. Get informed and make masks optional!

  6. R E C A L L GAVIN NEWSCUM

  7. Theme parks will make great homeless camps. There are food prep areas, first aid stations and, without all the paying visitors, lots of room to set up tents and other shelters.

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