California Attractions and Parks Association Asks State to Seek Feedback on Reopening Guidelines

The California Attractions and Parks Association, which represents Disneyland and other parks, is asking state officials to listen to theme park operators’ recommendations and modify some protocols before issuing reopening guidelines.

The Orange County Register acquired this quote from the group:

“We ask the governor not to finalize guidance for amusement parks before engaging the industry in a more earnest manner, listening to park operators’ expertise and collaborating with the industry on a plan that will allow for amusement parks to reopen responsibly while still keeping the health and safety of park employees and guests a top priority,” CAPA executive director Erin Guerrero said in a statement.

California theme parks closed in mid-March and remain shuttered while they await guidelines for safely reopening from the state.

California plans to issue reopening guidelines on Friday, which will allow theme parks in the state to resume operations after more than six months of coronavirus closures, according to state officials.

The theme park industry has been hit extremely hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this week, Disney announced 28,000 employees would be laid off at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

In Disney’s announcement, the company pointed blame at the inability to reopen their California theme parks.

Now, as it seems California prepares to roll our guidelines, Bob Iger has stepped down from the state’s economic recovery task force. No reason has been announced, but many would assume it’s due to displeasure with guidance from the state and the soon-to-come guidelines.

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