BREAKING: Governor Gavin Newsom Postpones Release of Theme Park Reopening Guidelines Due to Backlash from Disneyland and Other California Theme Parks

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According to the LA Times reporter Phil WilsonGov. Gavin Newsom is postponing the long-awaited release of California theme park guidelines following backlash from Disneyland and other state parks. Officials initially said the guidelines would be released this week. A Newsom announcement was actually expected today.According to Brady MacDonald of The Orange County Register, the California Attractions and Parks Association yesterday asked state officials not to finalize plans just yet – not before speaking with park operators and changing some protocols before formally issuing guidelines.

In a statement to OC Register, Erin Guerrero, Executive Director of CAPA, said the following:

We ask the governor not to finalize guidelines for amusement parks before engaging the industry more seriously, to listen to the expertise of park operators and to work with the industry on a plan that will for theme parks to responsibly reopen while safeguarding the health and safety of park employees and guests is a top priority. While we are aligned with many health and safety protocols and requirements, there are many more that need to be changed if they are to lead to a responsible and reasonable theme park reopening plan.

Erin Guerrero, Executive Director of CAPA

It appears that the parks have had the opportunity to do an overview of a draft guideline and are not satisfied with what can only be assumed to be strict or overly restrictive guidelines, given note on a “reasonable” reopening plan. Guidelines will vary by county, perhaps limiting the number of people who can visit parks to discourage long-distance or out-of-state travel.

At WDWNT.com, we’ll continue to update you as this story unfolds.



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