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He did not give details on specific industries like theme parks, which have vocally protested the lack of reopening guidelines as they continue to lay off workers. Disneyland and Universal Resorts Hollywood remain dark, though parks are open in Orlando, Florida.
“We’ve never had a strong surge like on the east coast,” he said, and the state now sees “not a second wave but a continuation of the first that we were able to temper. So now that we have now tamed that growth and are now reopening, we are doing it much more methodically and we are doing it much more stubbornly, but in a way that I believe will ultimately contribute to our economic recovery in the end. ‘not having the tweaks and starts which an open and close which I think is very likely to persist and progress as people come back in and we start to see some transmission rates go up. “We will keep a priority on health in order to advance our economic paradigm.”
Few entertainment industries – which make up a large part of the state’s economy – have been hit harder than theme parks. Owners have been back and forth with the governor over when the industry will get directions to safely reopen – something parks have done in other states and around the world. Newsom recently said he was “in no rush” to reopen the parks and then backtracked, but clues and promises have yet to yield anything declaratory, prompting Walt’s executive chairman Disney’s Bob Iger to step down from a Restoration of State task force.
The conglomerate announced at the end of last month its intention to lay off 28,000 people in its national parks, Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Walt Disney World in Orlando.
This includes 8,857 unionized employees at Disney World, which has been open since July but at reduced capacity.
Universal Hollywood has laid off more than 2,200 workers since July, according to state filings.
California Attractions and Parks Association Executive Director Erin Guerrero highlighted the months the industry has spent developing comprehensive draft guidelines with input from international health and safety experts and said ‘she was ready to reopen with best practices. “Every day the parks are closed further decimates the theme park industry. The governor’s “no-rush” approach is ruining the businesses and livelihoods of thousands of people who could responsibly return to work, ”she said.
Dr Pamela Hymel, Chief Medical Officer, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products also weighed in, saying, “We absolutely reject the idea that reopening the Disneyland Resort is incompatible with a ‘health first’ approach.”
California parks are fighting in the same limbo as movie theaters on the opposite coast of New York City, where Governor Andrew Cuomo keeps them closed statewide, even as various other businesses are allowed to reopen. NY has not provided guidelines on how and when they can reopen.
California’s position in theaters has been more tolerant – it’s county-by-county based on infection levels, so many are open. However, the key Los Angeles market remains closed. In San Francisco, theaters refused to open even after getting the green light. They said it was economically feasible since the mayor will not let them sell concessions.