California theme parks, including Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, have been given the green light to return to full capacity starting June 15, when the state plans to lift the Safer Economy Plan and fully reopen. .
According to revised COVID-19 guidelines from the Ministry of Health, theme parks, sporting events, concerts, music or food festivals, auto shows, marathons and parades are considered “mega events” or outdoor events with over 10,000 people. Also included in the “mega events” category are indoor events with more than 5,000 participants, including conventions, conferences, exhibitions, sporting events and concerts.
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The agency strongly recommends that all outdoor “mega events” verify that their attendees are fully immunized or can confirm a negative test result prior to entry. However, participants who do not verify their immunization status will still be allowed in, although they are encouraged to wear face masks. Sites must make masks available to all participants.
During this time, verification of fully immunized status or a negative test before entry is required for all participants entering indoor sites. Information will be placed on all communications, including reservation and ticketing systems, to ensure customers are aware of screening and vaccination requirements. Participants must follow all of the CRPD guidelines on face coverings.
Pre-entry testing must be completed within 72 hours of a visit. PCR and antigen tests are acceptable. Customers should bring a printed document, email, or text message from the test vendor or lab. Vaccinated people should bring their vaccination card or a photo of the vaccination card. Businesses and venue operators can also use “self-attestation” at the time of registration, when purchasing tickets or on the day of the event before entering the venue.
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The announcement was made during Health and Human Services Secretary Dr Mark Ghaly’s appeal to reporters on Friday.
Ghaly also said California has no plans to create a statewide vaccination passport at this time and that all restrictions on out-of-state travel will be lifted. All future travel restrictions will be in accordance with CDC guidelines.
“This does not mean that local public health authorities, local health jurisdictions cannot or do not want to put in place more stringent guidelines based on their local conditions,” Ghaly added. “There will be companies that decide, you know, to require some level of vaccination verification to make all of their customers really feel comfortable. It’s not something that will necessarily be kicked out of the state, but it could be an operational decision, and we try to be prepared to support people who want to do it in a thoughtful and responsible manner. “
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Still, Ghaly pointed out that California is “in a place with this pandemic where these past demands are no longer needed for the foreseeable future.” ”
He noted that state health officials will be watching closely to determine if and when additional public health protections are needed.
The revised guidelines will run until October 1 and will be reassessed and updated on September 1 as needed.