Disneyland and other California theme parks could reopen as soon as April 1

California theme parks and outdoor sports stadiums could reopen April 1 under new reopening guidelines released Friday by state public health officials, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Updated reopening guidelines allow theme parks in California to reopen at 15% of capacity beginning April 1 once their counties reach the red level, or the second most restrictive level of reopening. Capacity levels may change once a theme park’s home county upgrades to orange and then yellow levels.

However, attendance at theme parks will be limited to California residents upon reopening.

“With significantly lower case rates and hospitalizations, the arrival of three highly effective vaccines, and efforts aimed at vaccinating the most vulnerable communities, California can begin to gradually and safely bring back more activities, especially those that they occur outdoors and where consistent masking is possible, “Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, said in a statement.

The announcement was good news for Disneyland President Ken Potrock.

“We are encouraged that theme parks now have a path to reopening this spring, putting thousands of people back to work and greatly helping neighboring businesses and our entire community,” he said in a statement.

Theme parks in California have been closed to visitors since last March, with the exception of limited capacity food events like this weekend’s Taste of Boysenberry at Knott’s Berry Farm, and a “Touch of Disney” scheduled for late. of this month.

Orange County, which is home to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, was not moved to the red level this week.

UFCW Local 324, which represents Disney cast members who work at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, applauded the news.

“Our Disney cast members are encouraged by this good news today that the Disney Parks will reopen in a month. They have been out of work or out of work for a year and are excited to get back to work to bring some money to the kids. Californians. more magic in their lives, “the union said in a statement.

The updated guidelines also allow outdoor sports and live performances with fans and attendees to begin again on April 1. As long as counties remain at the purple level, as Los Angeles County currently is, a stadium like Dodger Stadium will have to limit capacity to 100 venues. residents or less. Advance reservations will be required and no concessions or contest sales will be allowed, in accordance with the guidelines.

Once a county improves to the red tier, capacity can be expanded to 20% and concession sales can resume for guests in their seats. At the orange level, the capacity can increase to 33% and then 67% at the yellow level. Attendance will continue to be limited to state visitors at all reopening levels.

The Dodgers said they will soon announce fan health and safety protocols, as well as a ticket policy to reduce capacity.

“Like the Governor, we are optimistic that California will continue to make progress in the fight against COVID-19 and that we can safely host fans to start the season,” said Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten. , it’s a statement.

The California Parks and Attractions Association also welcomed the new guidelines.

“The parks now have a framework to reopen safely and responsibly,” said Erin Guerrero, CAPA’s executive director, in a statement. “We appreciate the Administration’s willingness to work with the State issue in the finer details of the plan so that the parks can soon reopen in a responsible manner, allowing people to return to work safely and revitalize local economies.” .

This story was originally published by CBS News on March 6, 2021 at 9:08 am ET.

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