The Orange County Register recently reported that California’s proposed reopening guidelines included these three requirements:
- Disney must operate at 25% capacity.
- Disney must limit guests to those living within a 120-mile radius to the park.
- Disneyland can reopen once the county reaches “minimal” risk level.
We’ve seen some of these guidelines before. Reducing capacity is rather common among businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, and one that Walt Disney World had to deal with, too.
Limiting guests to those who live within 120 miles might be more difficult. One report from the Disinsider explained the complications of that:
- “The requirement would definitely be complicated for both Disney and guests and it would leave a lot of guests unable to enjoy the parks initially. However, the intent of the requirement is clear, public health officials are concerned that guests visiting the park from other states and counties will bring COVID-19 into the local community.”
The California Attractions and Parks Association asked California officials to talk with theme park operators before they make any reopening guidelines in the future.
- “We ask the governor not to finalize guidance for amusement parks before engaging the industry in a more earnest manner, listening to park operators’ expertise and collaborating with the industry on a plan that will allow for amusement parks to reopen responsibly while still keeping the health and safety of park employees and guests a top priority,” CAPA executive director Erin Guerrero said in a statement, according to the OC Register.