Disneyland plans to reopen its Downtown Disney dining and retail district in July, despite a COVID-19 spike in California and California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to close all bars and restaurants for three weeks.

What’s the news:

  • Newsom’s latest order says indoor restaurants, movie theaters and family entertainment establishments in Orange County — where Disneyland is located — must close for three weeks to help the state handle the ongoing surge of coronavirus cases, per The Orange County Register.
  • Downtown Disney still plans to reopen on July 9 as previously announced.
  • The new plans call for only outdoor seating.
  • Disney-owned businesses will reopen along with third-party operations, too.

Protections:

  • Disney will add new health and safety measures to help people stay safe from the coronavirus, including limited parking, delayed entrances, physically distanced queues and hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer.
  • Face coverings and masks will be required, as well.

Some more context:

  • Disneyland originally planned to reopen its entire Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure Park on July 17. But the park announced in June that California did not issue guidelines for the park to reopen, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.
  • “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,” the company said. “Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date.”