Democratic Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and Republican Assemblywoman Suzette Martinez-Valladares have co-sponsored a new bill that would allow theme parks with 15,000 capacity or more to reopen when their counties enter the “orange” or moderate tier of California’s COVID-19 response guidelines, per the Orange County Register.
- Currently, California’s state guidelines allow theme parks to reopen when they hit the “yellow” or minimal tier, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
- “By opening our theme parks, we will trigger a ripple effect to our local economy, and in turn, create more jobs,” Martinez-Valladares said in a statement, according to the Orange County Register. “It’s time to offer clear guidelines that will balance public health and the need to safely get people back to work, and this bill is the first step.”
- Shares for Disney spiked after the news about the bill, per Fox Business.
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Disneyland is located in Anaheim, California, which is in Orange County. Dr. Clayton Chau, the director of the Orange County Health Care Agency, said in a statement to the Deseret News that he didn’t see Orange County reaching the yellow tier until sometime in 2021 — but it would be a long road to get there.
- “I think for a large county like us, especially a county with institution of higher education where folks (are) coming in from outside the county and outside the state, I think it’s going to be very hard to achieve the yellow tier,” he said.
- “It depends on when the vaccine will come as well as how many doses (are) available for our populations as well as how many of our residents will readily accept the vaccine — those are the three factors that will determine how soon we can get to the yellow tier.”
- “Personally, I think that we can look forward to a yellow tier by next summer, hopefully. Hopefully.”