Disneyland and other California theme parks could reopen as soon as April 1

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California theme parks and outside sports activities stadiums could reopen as soon as April 1 underneath new reopening tips launched Friday by state public well being officers, CBS Los Angeles reports.

The up to date reopening tips permit theme parks in California to reopen at 15% capability as early as April 1 as soon as their counties attain the crimson, or second most restrictive, tier of reopening. Capacity ranges will be capable to shift as soon as a theme park’s residence county improves into the orange, then yellow tiers.

However, theme park attendance might be restricted to California residents upon reopening.

(*1*) Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of California’s Health and Human Services Agency, mentioned in an announcement.

The announcement was welcome information to Disneyland President Ken Potrock.

“We are encouraged that theme parks now have a path toward reopening this spring, getting thousands of people back to work and greatly helping neighboring businesses and our entire community,” he mentioned in an announcement.

Theme parks in California have been closed to guests since final March, except restricted capability meals occasions like this weekend’s Taste of Boysenberry at Knott’s Berry Farm, and a “Touch of Disney” scheduled for later this month.

Orange County, which is residence to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, simply missed being moved into the crimson tier this week.

UFCW Local 324, which represents Disney cast members who work at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, applauded the information.

“Our Disney cast members are heartened by this good news today that the Disney Parks will be reopening in a month. They have been furloughed or out of a job for a year now and are excited to go back to work to provide Californians with a bit more magic in their lives,” the union mentioned in an announcement.

The refreshed tips additionally permit outside sports activities and reside performances with followers and attendees to start out up once more on April 1. While counties stay within the purple tier, as Los Angeles County is presently, a ballpark like Dodger Stadium should restrict capability to 100 native residents or fewer. Advanced reservations might be required, and no concessions or concourse gross sales might be allowed, in line with the rules.

Once a county improves into the crimson tier, capability can develop to twenty%, and concession gross sales can resume to visitors of their seats. In the orange tier, capability can improve to 33%, and then to 67% within the yellow tier. Attendance will nonetheless be restricted to in-state guests in all tiers of reopening.

The Dodgers mentioned they’d soon announce well being and security protocols for followers, as effectively as a ticket coverage for diminished capability.

“Like the Governor, we’re optimistic that California will continue to make progress in the fight against COVID-19 and that we can safely host fans to start the season,” Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten mentioned in an announcement.

The California Attractions and Parks Association additionally welcomed the brand new tips.

“Parks now have a framework to safely and responsibly reopen,” Erin Guerrero, CAPA’s govt director, mentioned in an announcement. “We appreciate the Administration’s willingness to work with the State’s theme on the finer details of the plan so parks can responsibly reopen soon, putting people safely back to work and reinvigorating local economies.”

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