Amusement parks push to reopen soon

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With California amusement parks closed for the last six months because of the novel coronavirus, a trade organization is calling on California Gov. Gavin Newsom to set guidelines and rules so they can prepare to reopen before the Holiday season.

California Attractions and Parks Association released a statement directed towards Gov. Newsom, to speed along his announcing of guidelines on Sept. 14. 

In the statement, Erin Guerrero, Executive Director said: “California’s amusement parks urge the Governor to issue amusement park guidelines expeditiously so these vital community attractions can responsibly reopen their doors and get residents back to work.”

The California Attractions and Parks Association is a trade organization that represents the majority of California theme parks including Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and Knotts Berry Farm, among others.

Expanding on his comments, Guerrero also said in the statement that the theme parks are ready to reopen.

“Over those six months, parks crafted detailed plans to reopen—they include capacity reductions, face-covering requirements, robust health and safety protocols for both guests and employees, and significant modifications to support physical distancing,” Guerrero said.

As these theme parks get ready, they now wait on Gov. Newsom to send them the right direction towards reopening and for permission to open park gates again. .

Gov. Newsom spoke on the matter Sept. 16 in the recurring press conference that he has been holding during the COVID pandemic.

“We will be making announcements soon as it relates to theme parks,” Newsom said. “Very, very shortly.”

With the possibility of future reopenings for California theme parks, the question remains in whether crowds will still show up and visit during a pandemic.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a potential vaccine will not be available for mass use until late 2021. News sources are speculating whether patrons will be willing to be surrounded by groups of people like theme parks have before.

Students have opinions on the subject. Caitlyn Rice, junior graphic design major, spoke on her personal decision to return to Disneyland when it reopens.

“Based on how Disney has handled their reopening in Orlando, I would feel safe returning to the parks in Anaheim,” Rice said. “I think it’s time to let a little bit of magic back into our lives.”

Tyler Doench, junior marketing major, agreed and said he is looking forward to Disney reopening when they are ready.

“Disney has their guests best interest in mind and is going to do everything possible to make sure the magic is there for when guest return so I absolutely trust them in going,” Doench said.

With the crowds ready to return and the California theme parks ready to get back to business many are now waiting for California Governor Gavin Newsom to announce the next steps and to set guidelines and rules so they can prepare to
reopen.

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