According to Brady MacDonald of The Orange County Register, the California Attractions and Parks Association asked state officials yesterday to not finalize plans just yet-not before conferring with park operators and modifying certain protocols before officially issuing guidelines.
"Given the size and operational complexities of these unique sectors, we are seeking additional input from health, workforce and business stakeholders to finalize this important framework - all leading with science and safety", Ghaly said.
"While we are aligned on numerous protocols and health and safety requirements, there are many others that need to be modified if they are to lead to a responsible and reasonable amusement park reopening plan", Guerrero said in a statement. It is also unknown when new guidelines will be released to show the path towards reopening for theme parks. But all he would say is "as soon as we have an announcement to make it will be made".
On Friday, the board of directors for Visit California - the state's tourism marketing authority - asked a Newsom administration official for an update on the rules.
Governor Gavin Newsom's press secretary Jesse Melgar announced that the reopening guidelines for theme parks will be released this week.
Walt Disney World in Florida had employed 77,000 full- and part-time workers before the pandemic, while Disneyland in California employed 32,000.Disney did not disclose how many other US employees work in the parks unit, which includes consumer products, cruise lines and other businesses.
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While its Florida park opened with a limited capacity in mid-July, footfall has fallen far short of Disney's expectations, with concerns about coronavirus safety reportedly a major factor.
Even those that have reopened, such as the four theme parks in Florida, are operating at much lower capacity due to social-distancing requirements. While we are aligned on numerous protocols and health and safety requirements, there are many others that need to be modified if they are to lead to a responsible and reasonable amusement park reopening plan.
In a statement from Josh D'Amaro, head of parks at Disney, the company said they will be making the cuts in light of uncertainty brought on by the situation at hand.
Downtown Disney and Universal CityWalk have reopened outside their respective theme parks with modifications.