Anaheim, California 2020-08-10 20:18:16 –
California state officials are reviewing how and when to reopen Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other theme parks based on COVID-19 health data as the tourist destinations prepare to head into their sixth month of coronavirus closures.
“Theme parks are not permitted to open in California at this time, under current public health orders,” California Health and Human Services spokesperson Kate Folmar said via email. “We will continue to review health data to determine when and how theme parks may consider reopening at lower risk to staff and visitors.”
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Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland California and other theme parks in the state closed in mid-March and remain shuttered until further notice amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Knott’s Berry Farm has reopened without rides for a series of food, beer and wine events. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo reopened the animal-only Marine World Experience in July with reduced capacity. California’s Great America in Santa Clara has canceled plans to reopen and will remain closed for the rest of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Plans to reopen Universal, Legoland and SeaWorld in June and Disneyland in July were put on hold indefinitely by a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California this summer that forced the state to rollback reopening plans..
California theme parks currently closed by the COVID-19 pandemic can reopen during Stage 3 of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-stage roadmap for reopening California’s economy, according to state government officials.
California theme parks are among the “higher risk” businesses and gatherings that would reopen in Stage 3 with adaptations and limits on the size of gatherings. Other Stage 3 close-contact businesses and gatherings include salons, gyms, theaters and sporting events without live audiences.
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The California Department of Public Health will issue detailed guidance with suggested modifications for how to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread when theme parks reopen, according to state officials. The state will work with California theme parks on developing COVID-19 health and safety reopening plans, state officials said.
Major California theme parks have announced plans to reopen with additional health and safety measures including mandatory face masks, temperature checks, reduced capacity, social distancing and enhanced sanitization.