LA County Votes in Favor of Bill Allowing Disneyland Resort & Universal Studios Hollywood to Open in Tier 3 of California Governor’s COVID-19 Plan
Los Angeles County Supervisors voted on Tuesday in favor of Assembly Bill 420, which seeks to let theme parks reopen much earlier than currently planned. This bill would allow larger theme parks like Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, as well as Universal Studios Hollywood, to reopen in Tier 3 of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
Currently, theme parks with a capacity of over 15,000 guests are in Tier 4 of the Governor’s plan, which is not expected to be reached until possibly late 2021. The bill would amend the state’s guidelines, allowing larger theme parks to open once a region is in the moderate orange risk tier rather than the lower yellow tier.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger wrote a letter in support of the bill.
“With full outdoor operations and the ability to maintain physical distancing, theme parks across the country have proven that they can safely reopen. Large theme parks nationwide began reopening last summer and there (have) not yet been any outbreaks or spread from these establishments.”
Barger went on to say that it would be difficult for a densely populated region like Los Angeles County to meet the requirements to be in the minimum risk tier, but that theme park operations have proven to be safe once reopened. As it stands now, larger theme parks are in Tier 4, and would not be able to reopen until there is less than one daily case of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents and a test positivity rate of less than 2% in Los Angeles County.
Disneyland officials have not yet made a statement on the passing of Assembly Bill 420, or for any potential reopening dates for the Disneyland Resort. Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure have been closed since March 2020.