On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsum annoyed the release of theme park opening rules, saying mysteriously, “We’re going to split theme parks … Not just one or two brands, these are very different parts of the theme park industry.”
Well, now we know what that means.
Smaller theme parks can resume operations in the Orange Tier state. Capacity will be limited to 25% or 500 visitors, whichever is less. Only outdoor attractions can be reopened and only for guests who are residents of the same county.
All theme parks can resume operations at Tier 4, Yellow, which is much further down the road. At the moment, the limit for guests is a total of 25%, and indoor restaurants can only operate with a capacity of 25%.
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Masks must be worn at all times in all parks except when visitors eat or drink. Reservations will be required for all parks, with gate temperature checks.
Orange County, home of Disneyland and Berry Farm on Knot, is currently stable in Orange Tier. Los Angeles, home of Universal Studios, is at the most restrictive level, Purple.
California’s director of health and humanitarian services, Dr. Mark Galli, said Tuesday that the state divides the parks into two groups: those with a capacity of 15,000 or fewer guests and those that can accommodate more than 15,000 guests. .
Asked about the apparent inability of the big counties to move to the yellow level, Gally noted that San Francisco has recently moved to the yellow.
On Tuesday, the state published an extensive document with guidelines for the procedure, which broadly emphasizes physical distance as much as possible, the use of facial coverings by workers – where no respiratory protection is required – and guests, frequent hand washing and regular cleaning and disinfection, training workers on these and other elements of the COVID-19 prevention plan.
Among the recommendations for physical distancing are:
-One-way traffic and clear directions for better control of the flow of guests throughout the park, especially in some heavily used and / or narrow roads
-Plexiglas dividers on switch lines / queues for attractions and concessions, or closed sections of switch lines / queues to ensure sufficient physical distance between visitors
-Introduction of time and / or advanced ticket systems for reservations and pre-set seats or activities
-Stop tours or guided tours that combine households or individuals from different households in the same tour group (This comes to mind from Disneyland)
-Faces are mandatory for attractions and walks throughout the park.
-Dome lines are not allowed for any attractions or walks.
So how were these guidelines developed?
A group of states who went to the parks in Florida recently returned with excellent guidance on how to operate the lines, Gally said.
But, Ghali said, “the level of mixing, even without masks,” that state observers saw was alarming.
For those parks that are reopening, “regular inspections will be carried out,” Gally promised.
Ghaly noted that many other states are facing a resurgence of cases, but California is not. This is due, in part, he said, to the fact that the state has “slow and strict” recovery guidelines.
Ghaly said theme parks were “higher risk”, while outdoor sports evenings were “lower risk”.
In terms of sports, Ghaly said “we are starting with the professional seats” and that spectators of team games will be put on the road.
Major parks and Newsom have been going back and forth for months on the guidelines, with the governor saying the state will be “slow and strict” in publishing the guidelines.
Disney Chairman Bob Iger has left Newsom’s economic working group over a disagreement over the resumption.
The California Association of Attractions and Parks, which represents large and small theme parks in the state, has issued numerous statements noting that there is not a single documented case of COVID being broadcast at an amusement park. This is despite the fact that parks in Florida and around the world have reopened.
When Disneyland, Universal Hollywood, Six Flags and others closed, Disney and the Comcast-owned company tightened their belts and cut the workforce as profits dived in.
Below the red level: cinemas and cultural ceremonies can open a capacity of 25% or 100 people, whichever is less; gyms can open indoors up to 10% capacity; childcare, driving establishments, family entertainment centers and hotels can be opened with modifications. Concert halls and live theater and festivals are still banned.
Below the orange level: cinemas and restaurants can open up to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less; bars, nail salons, kindergartens, church services, day camps, doctors, family entertainment centers, gyms can be opened with modifications. Concert halls and live theater and festivals are still banned.
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Your county will receive a color based on:
– Frequency of cases
Your color determines how a business can operate in your county.
Find your color and what’s open ➡️ https://t.co/xtXFwVeWc2 pic.twitter.com/fFXR7rbtU1
– Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 28, 2020
CA County Surveillance Indicators include testing capacity, how much virus transmission occurs in a community, how many people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, and the capacity of hospitals to care for people with COVID-19 with a sufficient number of available beds for care and fans.
See Ghaly’s presentation below.