California Gov. Gavin Newsum said Friday that the only way to a sustainable economic recovery from the rampage of COVID-19 is to avoid early mistakes and start a business more slowly despite the pain.
“It’s very harsh. I am aware of the mandates we have set as a state, of the mandates that are set by local health officials … The need and desire of people to return to work and open their doors, “he said during virtual questions and answers in Milken Annual Global Conference of the Institute. “At the same time, you need to balance public health if you are committed to sustainable economic growth and recovery. No situational economic growth and recovery. What I learned was the wrong way we reopened after the first few months of maintaining the line. “
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He did not explain specific industries such as theme parks, which loudly protested the lack of new opening rules as they continue to lay off workers. Disneyland and Universal Resorts Hollywood remain dark, although the parks are open in Orlando, Florida.
“We have never had a high tide like on the East Coast,” he said, and the state now sees “not a second wave, but a continuation of the first, which we managed to mitigate.” So, as we have now tamed this growth and are now opening up, we are doing it much more methodically and doing it much more persistently, but in a way that I believe will ultimately help our economic recovery by not having seizures. and it starts that opening and closing, which I think is very likely to continue and improve when people come back indoors and we start to see some transmission speeds coming back up. “We will keep our focus on health to develop our economic paradigm.”
Few entertainment industries – which make up a large part of the country’s economy – are more affected by theme parks. Owners have been going back and forth with the governor when the industry receives guidance on safe opening – something parks have done in other states and around the world. Newsom recently said it was “in no hurry” to reopen parks, after which it resigned, but hints and promises have not yet led to something declarative, prompting Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger to resign from the state’s recovery task force. .
Late last month, the conglomerate announced plans to cut 28,000 in its inland parks, Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Walt Disney World in Orlando.
That includes 8,857 employees from the union at Disney World, which has been open since July but has reduced capacity.
Universal Hollywood has laid off more than 2,200 workers since July, according to government documents.
Erin Guerrero, executive director of the California Amusement and Park Association, highlighted months of developing comprehensive draft guidelines with the help of international health and safety experts, and said they were ready to reopen best practice protocols. “Every day, when the parks are closed, it further destroys the amusement park industry. “The governor’s ‘no-quick’ approach is ruining the business and livelihoods of thousands who can return to work responsibly,” she said.
Dr Pamela Heimel, chief medical officer, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, also said: “We absolutely reject the assumption that the reopening of Disneyland is incompatible with a ‘health first’ approach.
Parks in California are battling in the same obscurity as the movie theaters on the opposite bank in New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo keeps them closed in the state, although various other companies have been allowed to reopen. New York has not provided guidance on how or when they can reopen.
California’s position on theaters is more tolerant – it varies from county to county depending on infection levels, so many are open. However, the key market in Los Angeles remains closed. In San Francisco, theaters refused to open even after receiving the green light. They said it was economically feasible because the mayor did not allow them to sell concessions.