California Relaxes COVID-19 Restrictions to Allow Reopening of Disneyland and Stadiums in April

The Disneyland theme park in Anaheim (California, USA, which employed about 31,000 people) has been closed since mid-March 2020, at the beginning of the health crisis. EFE / Erik S. Lesser

California paved the way on Friday to reopen Disneyland, other theme parks and stadiums in April. relax criteria for public admission during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state Health department said.

The decision was made after pressure from the operators of attractions and a sharp decline in the number of cases. From April 1, these places will be able to operate subject to conditions set by their counties and with a reduced capacity.

With this “California can begin to resume more activities gradually and safely, especially those that are done in open places and where the use of masks is possible, ”said Health Secretary Mark Ghaly in a statement.

Amusement parks they will be able to reopen as of April 1 if the county in which they are located is no longer classified in “purple zone”, the highest risk level according to California criteria.

Orange County, where Disneyland is located, and Los Angeles County, where Universal Studios is located, are still classified as “purple,” but could turn red in a few weeks.

Nevertheless, its capacity in the red zone will be limited to 15% of the usual level (25% in orange and 35% in yellow) and only Californians will have immediate access to these parks, specifies the Department of Health.

Stadiums and other outdoor structures may reopen for sports competitions or concerts from April 1, regardless of your location.

However, the number of visitors admitted, again limited to California residents, will depend on the level of risk associated with covid-19: only 100 authorized viewers in the “purple” zone, 20% in the “red” zone, 33 % in the “orange”, and so on.

File Image: A general view of Stadium 1 during the third round match between Roger Federer and Filip Krajinovic at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, USA.  on March 12, 2018 (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
File Image: A general view of Stadium 1 during the third round match between Roger Federer and Filip Krajinovic at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, USA. on March 12, 2018 (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

Disneyland and other major California theme parks have been closed since mid-March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Located in Anaheim, Disneyland is the second most visited theme park in the world, behind Disney World in Orlando (Florida), which was able to reopen in July 2020 with limited capacity. Other Disney parks had also resumed their activities in Asia or in the suburbs of Paris.

Its closure has resulted in the layoff of thousands of employees and has caused enormous financial hardship for hotels, restaurants and other businesses in California that make a living from that tourist attraction.

With information from AFP

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