In a recent news briefing, California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state is getting closer to providing a much-anticipated update on the reopening of state theme parks, including OC’s top employer, Disneyland Resort.

“We will be making announcements soon as it relates to theme parks and amusement parks. I am not here today to make that presentation, but want folks to know we are actively working in a number of sectors," Newsom said.

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The resort, along with local businesses and leaders, have been urging for new guidelines regarding a potential reopening of theme parks in Orange County. Current government guidance does not address theme parks in business reopening rules.

The Governor’s recent message comes six months after 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 resort, which includes two theme parks, three hotels and the Downtown Disney retail area and employs about 32,000 locally, has said it is ready to reopen once it gets the green light.

“As soon as a date and those guidelines are set, I can tell you, we’re ready,” Disney Parks Chairman Josh D'Amaro said last month in an interview with the U.S. Travel Association.

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