Mon. Jul 13th, 2020

Disneyland Reopening Delayed Amid California’s COVID-19 Case Rise

The Disneyland theme park will likely not be reopening next month. 

The company on Wednesday said it would not get state clearance in time for its proposed July 17 reopening of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim. It remains unclear when the park might now reopen. 

On June 23, California saw 7,149 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which marked a record for the state. 

“The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4,” Disney said in statement. “Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials.

Disney added: “Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date.” 

However, the Downtown Disney shopping and dining district, part of the Disneyland Resort, will reopen July 9. 

The announcement comes in the middle of the public push-and-pull with unions representing park employees who have made it clear they feel the destination was reopening too soon, putting staff and guests alike a risk during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Coalition of Resort Labor Unions sent an open letter dated June 17 to California Gov. Gavin Newsom expressing their concern. 

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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