Disneyland Has Bipartisan Reopening Support in California With New Bill

Disneyland Has Bipartisan Reopening Support in California With New Bill

A new bill was introduced in California, supported by both major parties, in order to reopen major theme parks throughout the state.

A new bill was introduced in California, supported by both major parties, in order to reopen major theme parks throughout the state.

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California Assemblywomen Sharon Quirk Silva, a Democrat for Buena Park, and Suzette Valladares, a Republican for Santa Clarita, introduced a powerful new bipartisan bill aimed at removing the current Californian restrictions on the reopening of Disneyland. The park’s been closed since March of last year, as well as the other major theme parks in California.

In a statement by Quirk-Silva, the chair of the Assembly Committee of the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media, “

“Now, more than ever, we need to strengthen our resolve to care for each other and to create clear and proper tiers to ensure the safety and health of our community and businesses; Through collaboration with industry leaders, responsible and safe tourism can be used as a pathway to recovery.

The new bill, AB 420, introduced has already reportedly received “strong support” by California’ s own Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA).

This bill focuses on proposals to move larger theme parks, such as Disneyland, to California’s proprietary orange tier, which is a set level with set statistics for reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. Statural covered the original plan, which you can check out, here.

The different tiers determine risk levels for specific counties within California. Depending on what risk level a business or area is allowed to reopen at, when conditions are right, fitting that tier, those said businesses or counties would be able to open. Purple signifies widespread risk, red signifies major risk, orange signifies moderate risk, and yellow is minimal.

This entire bill is in heavy contrast to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which very specifically prevents theme parks from reopening until parks’ counties reach the yellow tier. This tier, the most stringent tier, requires fewer than one daily case per 100,000 people, with a <2% positivity rate for COVID tests.

Guidance from this plan says that only “smaller parks can open with modifications,” in counties with the orange tier, the second highest, with “capacity limited to 25% or 500 people, whichever is less.” Smaller parks can hold 15,000 or fewer guests on a standard day.

The majority of California sits in the purple tier, the highest tier, including Disneyland’s Orange County, and Universal Studios’ Los Angeles County. That signifies quite a long time between current day and the time when these parks will be able to reopen successfully, or at least in the Governor’s mind.

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While Disneyland currently sits outside of the two Assemblywomen’s districts, they’ve both taken active roles in addressing concerns with the reopening of tourist and entertainment interests. The bill was introduced to “ensure that our (California’s) theme parks throughout California are being treated equally.”

This isn’t the first time that assorted Californian lawmakers and executives have tried to reopen parks, following a November plead by majors of eight Californian cities. These eight mayors pushed Newsom to reconsider his stance on reopening large theme parks, as they believed the current restrictions were too stringent.

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Disney Parks has struggled immensely during the pandemic, shedding as many as 32 thousand workers by the end of H1 2021. That’s even with the proven safety and security of theme parks, which pre-pandemic were known for their insane security and safety, now holding up with COVID restrictions and safety measures. As far as I know of, they haven’t been any Disney World-directly related cases down in Florida, showing just how well the company’s taking care of safety.

California’s Disneyland is even smaller than Disney World, either meaning more people in a crowded space, or less space to need to cover with safety protocols, allowing even more safety and security while in the park. The science has proven that these parks can run during the pandemic, safely, although Governor Newsom still seems to be going against that general consensus.