While several Florida-based theme parks including Universal Orlando have or will be resuming their operations soon, state officials have just announced if the situation remains stable, California’s theme parks will be permitted to reopen in Phase Three which could be starting as early as June.
This includes major attractions such as Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood along with Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland California, and other theme parks.
Previously, some counties had been allowed to resume “limited services” at some retail locations, allowing curbside pickup and outdoor museums to operate. Since yesterday, counties are now able to make their own decisions regarding reopening in-store retail as long as certain safety measures and precautions are being taken into consideration.
As reported by the Orange County Register, California is now starting to shape Phase Three of its gradually unfolding plan, including when we might expect it to happen.
“Phase 3 is not a year away. It’s not six months away. It’s not even three months away. It may not even be more than a month away,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said. “We just want to make sure we have a protocol in place to secure customer safety, employee safety, and allow the businesses to thrive in a way that is sustainable.”
According to California Health and Human Services Agency spokesperson Kate Folmar, “The California Department of Public Health will issue detailed guidance with suggested modifications for how to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread when theme parks reopen.”
In addition to California’s theme parks reopening as early as next month, other “higher risk” businesses including salons, gyms, movie theaters, sporting events, and religious ceremonies are also being discussed with limited capacity and several modifications. We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops.
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