Out of an abundance of caution against the spread of infection, California Governor Gavin Newsom has just made a huge announcement.
He’s just stated mass gatherings likely won’t be allowed to take place in California for the next several months, which could spell a much lengthier closure for Disneyland park than anyone realized.
In a statement released earlier by Variety, “The prospect of mass gatherings is negligible at best until we get to herd immunity and we get to a vaccine,” Newsom said. “So large-scale events that bring in hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of strangers, all together across every conceivable difference, health and otherwise, is not in the cards based upon our current guidelines and current expectations.”
When asked to give a timeframe for when large assemblies of people could meet again, Newsom stated, “When you suggest June, July, August, it is unlikely.”
Newsom also tweaked California’s stay at home order. He also said, in addition to social distancing, Cali would be mitigating the spread of the virus through contact tracing and while it’s possible restaurants and schools could re-open someday even with a vaccine, capacity would be limited.
So what does this mean for Disneyland and its potential reopening? Disney has pulled from the data, health experts, and local political officials when making decisions about the closures and this pattern will likely continue. We’re keeping our eye out for information that references what may need to happen before the parks can reopen. This statement gives us a bit more insight into what political officials are thinking regarding mass gatherings for the foreseeable future.
We will continue to keep you posted as announcements that could impact the parks are made.