Disneyland calls on California to release theme park reopening guidelines
In this file photo taken Wednesday, March 18, 2020, one of the normally bustling entrances to the Disneyland resort is vacant due to the coronavirus closure in Anaheim, Calif. Disney is postponing the mid-July reopening of its Southern California theme parks until it receives guidelines from the state. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson,File)
It’s been six months since the Disney theme parks and hotels in Anaheim shut down due to COVID-19, and on Wednesday, Disneyland called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to release guidelines that would bring them closer to reopening.
“We are disappointed with the state’s lack of progress in providing the industry with guidance and clarity on reopening,” Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock said in a statement. “We have proven we can operate responsibly, with strict health and safety protocols at our properties around the world and at Downtown Disney in Anaheim.”
Downtown Disney resumed operations more than two months ago, with modifications that included temperature screenings, a face mask mandate, social distancing requirements, enhanced cleaning protocols, and the addition of more hand washing and sanitizing stations.
But the monthslong closure of most of the resort — in particular Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, popular destinations for locals and tourists alike — is having a tremendous effect on Anaheim’s finances.
The city faces a $100 million budget deficit, with the unemployment rate ballooning to 15% and 25,000 out of work — with more layoffs potentially looming, according to Anaheim spokesman Mike Lyster. In the county, the total number of people without jobs is ...
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