Yesterday the Anaheim City Council voted 6 to1 in favor of showing support for Assembly Bill 420. This state bill could allow Disneyland to reopen from its pandemic closure earlier than expected. Hopefully, this new bill would allow larger theme parks such as Universal Studios, Disneyland, and Knott’s Berry Farm to reopen after they meet the same requirements as smaller amusement parks.
The state’s theme park reopening guidelines hold that a larger theme park can reopen at only 25% capacity when its county is in the minimal tier of less than one new COVID case per 100,000 people per day and a coronavirus positivity rate of less than 2%. Smaller theme parks can operate at limited capacity once their county has reached the moderate tier of 1 to 3.9 new COVID cases per 100,000 people per day and a coronavirus positivity rate of 2% to 4.9%.
According to the LA Times, Mayor Harry Sidhu stated “Anything that we can do to safely reopen theme parks is critical to economic recovery for our city and region.” Sidhu said Tuesday that large theme parks such as Disneyland have the resources to enforce the best available safety protocols. He also mentioned that reopening the county’s larger theme parks would help jump-start the local economy.
“This means tens of thousands of people could go back to work earlier,” Sidhu said. “It could mean the city could start our physical recovery sooner or that we could continue to provide essential services to the residents.”