State of California Theme Park Reopening Guidelines

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Gov. Gavin Newsom just presented the guidelines for reopening theme parks throughout the state of California. During his press conference, he made several notes about how theme parks are to reopen and what was needed to make that happen.

The following guidelines are have been presented and both Disneyland and Universal Hollywood must meet these criteria to reopen:

  • All parks may reopen in Tier 4 (Yellow), with a limited capacity of 25%. To be in the Yellow Tier the county cases must be less than 1 per 100k and positivity rates of less than 2%
  • Smaller theme parks may reopen in Tier 3 (Orange), with a limited capacity of 25%, may only open outdoor attractions, and ticket sales limited to visitors in the same county
  • All theme parks must implement a reservation system and screen guests for symptoms. Face coverings will be mandatory throughout the park unless eating or drinking.
  • The county must meet the tier metrics for two weeks and have been in their current tier for three weeks, before moving to a lower tier.
  • No day of ticket-sales, and eating and drinking in seats only.
  • Sports in outdoor stadiums can reopen in the Orange Tier, while limitings ticket sales to customers within 120 mile radius. All stadiums must have on-site parking.

With these guidelines, the soonest Disneyland could reopen would be November 24th, however, that would depend on a rapid decrease in cases in Orange County.

When representatives of California visited Orlando open theme parks, they saw great management including queues, but that they also saw reasons for concerns. Newsom says theme parks are at higher risk due to random large scale mixing, tens of thousands of visitors from the broad geographic base, visitation for a number of days, promote mixing and congregating, many frequently touched surfaces, and significant impact on surrounding sectors.