- The governor said the two are taking a “health first frame mentality.”
- More information on the discussions with Disney, Universal and other theme parks could be coming in the near future, Newsom said.
- “We’re going back and forth,” he said.
- Newsom said California is “doing our own research on the viability of reopening the theme parks sooner rather than later.”
- “I want to see more businesses reopen.”
“We don’t anticipate in the immediate term any of these larger parks opening until we see more stability in terms of the data.”
- “We feel there’s no hurry to put out guidelines, and we continue to work with the industry.”
Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief medical officer for Disney Park, sent out a statement that criticized Newsom for not reopening:
We absolutely reject the suggestion that reopening the Disneyland Resort is incompatible with a health-first approach. The fact is, that since March we have taken a robust science-based approach to responsibly reopening our parks and resorts across the globe. Our health and safety protocols were developed in consultation with epidemiologists and data scientists, and after considering guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and experts in local government and health agencies. All of our other theme parks both in the United States and around the world have been allowed to open on the strength of our proven ability to operate with responsible health and safety protocols.