Published on : Thursday, June 25, 2020
On Wednesday, Walt Disney announced that as the State of California has mentioned that no theme park reopening guidelines will be issued until after July 4, Disneyland will not open its doors to visitors as scheduled earlier on July 17. The announcement comes following the company’s decisions to reopen the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida amid local concerns regarding the risk of contamination and further escalation of COVID-19 infections.
Disney mentioned in a press statement that delaying the reopening of theme parks and resort hotels until an approval from government officials arrive is the only option for the company as it would require time to bring back thousands of cast members and restart business. It said that the company will only be able to communicate a reopening date once a clear understanding of the date of reopening guidelines is released.
However, the entertainment giant has also mentioned that the Downtown Disney District will still reopen on July 9 as it has been previously approved in line with restaurant and retail openings throughout the state. Meanwhile, several themes parks and attractions at Disney World Florida is set to reopen on July 11 but approval from state officials is yet to arrive. Both the Disney Parks in California and Florida has been closed since mid-March and the company has reportedly lost millions in revenue.
Disney has also announced that visitors will have to adhere to stringent safety measures once the theme parks opens. Mandatory temperature checks will be carried out before providing entry. All individuals aged 2 or older will have to use face coverings in public areas. Visitors will not be allowed to visit multiple parks per day. In addition, some attractions and events like parades, playgrounds and character greetings like photo ops will also remain unavailable. However, irrespective of the precautionary measures thousands of people are campaigning online requesting the delay of Disney World reopening until COVID-19 cases are no longer rising and there are no risks associated with the spreading of the virus.