The plan to spread the magic in the air is now facing a delay. Disney is postponing the mid-July reopening of its Southern California theme park. The delay is not on part of Disney, but at the moment there is a delay in state guidelines. These guidelines are important as people need to know how, when where, and with whom to interact. Given the spread of the pandemic, many states have set up special instructions to combat the fatal virus.
Closure for 4 months
The theme park in Anaheim has been closed for the last 4 months, due to the pandemic. Disney was about to reopen the theme park on July 17th but now they cannot. Since the state has to issue the guidelines and for now, it’s a halt.
The state, however, will issue the guidelines after the 4th of July.
In a statement, Disney said, “Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials,”.
Governor Gavin Newsom appreciates the decision from Disney to delay the opening. Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, the reopening without any preventive measures in place could backfire. Newsom spokesman Nathan Click said. “The governor, the state and our public health experts continue to be in contact with the company and their workers — as well as other theme parks in the state — as we track and combat the spread of the virus.”
Concern for Guests and Employees
This concern is not only for the guests but also for the employees, who put themselves equally at risk. Once the measures are in place, the environment for both the public and the employees will be much safer. This will also boost the confidence of the guests and attract many people who are seeking some form of entertainment in this lockdown period.
Disney also will delay the planned July 23 reopening of its Grand Californian and Paradise Pier hotels.
The Downtown Disney District restaurant and shopping area will reopen on July 9 as previously planned “With health and safety protocols in place for our cast members and guests,” Disney said.
In the last 65 years, Disney parks have not been closed without any valid reason. The pandemic has been a major factor to rewrite history for many businesses across the world.
With cases of coronavirus increasing to a record 69% this week in California. It is much better if the health and life of the public and employees is being a cause of concern at the moment.