The Orange County Register reports that Anaheim is urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to open soon. Naturally, the city wants the governor to provide the parks COVID-19 health and safety guidelines so that they can open safely, but Anaheim officials are concerned that waiting too long may make their economic recovery difficult.
To date, Anaheim has calculated losses of $100 million since the coronavirus shutdown in March, due to uncollected revenues from the parks and nearby businesses that benefit from their operation. The city has reported that these businesses make a substantial contribution to its general budget. Therefore, the city has joined others, like California Attractions and Parks Association, in calling on the Gov. Newsom to start the reopening process by issuing guidelines for amusement parks to open safely.
Anaheim’s spokesperson, Mike Lyster, commented:
What we need is guidance and an economic recovery roadmap so we know that we won’t go from coronavirus to a second great recessionAnaheim Spokesperson Mike Lyster
Though other sectors of California’s economy appear to remain open under Gov. Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, amusement parks like Disneyland and Universal have not been cleared to takes steps towards opening. Beaches, restaurants, and other businesses are operating with COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, but Disneyland and Disney California Adventure remain closed to this day, despite the face that no outbreaks have been reported at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Gov. Newsom already indicated that discussions would be taking place and progress was being made towards opening the parks, but no official announcements regarding any decisions have been made.