California Health Dept. Releases Theme Park Reopening Guidelines

The California Department of Health is releasing long-awaited guidance for theme parks to work towards reopening following the coronavirus pandemic.

Many parks, including Disneyland, have been closed since mid-March.

The department has developed guidance based on the areas of certain amusement parks, which are divided up by daily case counts and risk factors.

Disneyland Resort will have to wait until Anaheim is in the yellow tier since they are considered a “large” theme park. At that point, a number of guidelines will need to be followed.

Yellow – Minimal – Tier 4: Operations are permitted for all amusement park
operators with the following modifications:

  • Capacity must be limited to 25% of total facility occupancy based on the design/operating capacity or fire department occupant limit, whichever is fewer.
  • Capacity on all indoor dining and drinking establishments within the park must be limited to 25%.
  • Operators must follow the modifications in this guidance and must be prepared for inspections by public health officials to ensure adequate implementation of all required modifications. Operators must address and implement any resulting findings and recommendations.
  • Bars (Bars, Breweries, and Distilleries guidance)
  • Gift shops and retail operations (Retail guidance)
  • Hotels and lodging (Hotels, Lodging, and Short-Term Rentals guidance)
  • Family entertainment centers, including miniature golf and arcades (Family Entertainment Centers guidance)
  • Interactive exhibits (Zoos and Museums guidance)
  • Trams, shuttles, and other transit (Public and Private Passenger Carriers, Transit and Intercity Passenger Rail guidance)
  • Limit shuttle service whenever possible and in accordance with obligations to individuals with disabilities.
  • Grounds, building maintenance, custodial services (Limited Services guidance)

No dates for reopening theme parks were mentioned in the document.

You can read the full release, which includes physical distancing and worker training protocols here.

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