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According to California’s new guidelines, Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other popular attractions will not reopen soon.

USA Today

As California theme park operators and employees begged the state to allow the use of coronavirus precautions to reopen these parks, Governor Gavin Newsom gave them a firm answer on Tuesday: No.

Although Disney and Universal Parks have reopened since the summer of Florida, Newsom said that California will not abandon its recently released guidelines, which require counties to set up large-scale locations in Disney theme parks, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Knott’s Berry. The theme park previously achieved a low infection rate and the farm can be reopened.

Newsom told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday: “As a state, we will be driven by data and science.” “And we will be driven by public health first.”

California divides its counties into four levels of coronavirus transmission: purple, red, orange, and yellow. Purple represents the highest spread, and yellow represents the lowest spread. Orange County, home to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, is in the red rank, the second highest. Los Angeles County, home to Universal Studios Hollywood, is located on the purple floor.

According to the state’s coronavirus tracker, California has more than 900,000 cases, the most of any state.

It may take weeks or even months for the two counties to reach the yellow level before the theme park can reopen at 25% of its capacity. To reach this level, the county must have less than one new case per 100,000 population every day, and the seven-day average positive test rate must be less than 2%.

The smaller theme park, which can accommodate up to 15,000 visitors, can be reopened as an orange layer at 25% of the capacity or 500 visitors (whichever is less). This requires less than 4 new cases per 100,000 population per day, and the average positive test for 7 days is less than 5%.

California theme park operators criticized the state guide. On Tuesday, Erin Guerrero, president of the California Attractions and Parks Association, asked Newsom to provide data and scientific evidence to prove the indefinite closure of large theme parks.

Guerrero said in a statement: “The park has been open nationwide and even the world for several months, and we have not found data showing that the COVID outbreak can be traced to theme parks.” The country reopened safely, so why not in California?”

Universal Studios Orlando reopened in June and Disney World reopened in July, but the capacity has declined, and some preventive measures have been taken, such as: mandatory masks, social isolation, enhanced cleaning and disinfection, increased hand washing and hand disinfection As well as removing high-touch and high-touch functions, and events.

Disney also reopened its theme parks in Europe and Asia with similar agreements.

Ken Potrock, president of Disneyland Resort, said in a statement last week: “We have proven that we can reopen responsibly and strictly enforce science-based health and wellness in theme park hotels around the world. Security Protocol,”

But on Tuesday, Newsom reported cooling weather, the arrival of the flu season, and the seasonal increase in indoor activities to support the state’s caution.

He said: “It goes without saying that we should worry about opening a large theme park. By definition, there are people from all walks of life.”

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