The Orange County Register reports that Anaheim is urging Governor Gavin Newsom to allow Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to open soon. Of course, the city wants the governor to provide COVID-19 parks with health and safety guidelines so they can open safely, but Anaheim officials fear that waiting too long will make their economic recovery difficult.
To date, Anaheim has calculated losses of $ 100 million since the coronavirus shutdown in March, due to uncollected revenues from nearby parks and businesses that benefit from their operation. The city reported that these activities make a substantial contribution to its overall budget. Therefore, the city has joined with others, such as the California attractions and Parks Association, in asking Governor Newsom to initiate the reopening process by issuing guidelines for the safe opening of amusement parks.
Anaheim spokesman Mike Lyster commented:
What we need is guidance and a roadmap for economic recovery so we know we won̵7;t go from coronavirus to a second major recession.
Anaheim spokesman Mike Lyster
Although other sectors of the California economy appear to remain open under Governor Newsom’s plan for a safer economy, amusement parks like Disneyland and Universal have not been allowed to take steps towards opening. Beaches, restaurants, and other businesses operate under COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, but Disneyland and Disney California Adventure remain closed to this day, despite the fact that no outbreaks have been reported at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Governor Newsom has already indicated that discussions and progress towards opening the parks would be underway, but no official announcements have been made regarding any decisions.