California theme parks, including Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm in Orange County, are urging California Governor Gavin Newsom to reopen the state for amusement park operations.
The theme parks are represented by Sacramento-based trade organization California Attractions and Park Association, which recently called for amusement park reopening guidelines “so these vital community attractions can reopen their doors in a responsible manner and get residents back to work.”
The organization represents Disneyland, Knott’s, Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland California, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and California’s Great America.
The effort comes six months after Orange County’s largest employer and tourism driver, Disneyland Resort, temporarily closed on March 14. In June, Disney proposed plans to reopen in stages starting July 9, but those plans were quickly nixed after a worsening COVID-19 situation in Orange County.
The Governor’s newly implemented tiered monitoring system outlines business reopening guidelines under four color-coded tiers, but does not include theme parks.
“In order to reopen, parks require guidance from the state and that guidance has not been forthcoming,” California Attractions and Parks Association Executive Director Erin Guerrero said in a statement.
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