Coronavirus Outbreak: Disney delays reopening of Southern California parks until it receives state guidelines- Entertainment News, The News Everyday

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Disney is suspending the mid-July reopening of its Southern California theme parks till it receives pointers from the state, the corporate introduced Wednesday.

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Disney had hoped to reopen Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim on 17 July after a four-month closure as a result of coronavirus. But the state has indicated it gained’t problem pointers till after 4 July, the corporate mentioned.

A locked gate is seen after the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park closed as a result of coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong, China, Jan. 26, 2020. Reuters/Tyrone Siu

“Given the time required for us to deliver 1000’s of forged members again to work and restart our enterprise, we’ve no alternative however to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort resorts till we obtain approval from authorities officers,” Disney mentioned in a press release.

The firm didn’t present a brand new reopening date. The parks closed on 14 March and the reopening requires authorities approval.

Governor Gavin Newsom “appreciates Disney’s responsiveness to his issues about reopening amid the latest will increase in COVID-19 infections throughout many Southern California counties,” Newsom spokesman Nathan Click mentioned. “The governor, the state and our public well being specialists proceed to keep in touch with the corporate and their staff — in addition to different theme parks within the state — as we monitor and fight the unfold of the virus.”

Petitioners are additionally urgent Disney to delay the 11 July reopening of its Orlando, Florida-based Walt Disney World, citing latest spikes in COVID-19 manifestations within the state, despite the fact that the corporate indicated it nonetheless deliberate to proceed with reopening Disney World in Florida on the set date.

By Wednesday, greater than 7,000 folks had signed the petition, which was created by Katie Belisle, a Disney World Attractions hostess, and addressed to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

“This virus just isn’t gone, sadly it’s solely grow to be worse on this state,” the petition says. “Having our theme parks stay closed till manifestations are steadily lowering would preserve our friends, our workers, and their households protected.”

Disney additionally mentioned it’s nonetheless negotiating agreements with worker unions, a few of which have raised security issues in regards to the reopenings. Disney mentioned it has signed agreements from 20 union associates representing greater than 11,000 workers, detailing enhanced security protocols.

Disney additionally will delay the deliberate 23 July reopening of its Grand Californian and Paradise Pier resorts.

The Downtown Disney District restaurant and purchasing space will reopen on 9 July as beforehand deliberate “with well being and security protocols in place for our forged members and friends,” Disney mentioned.

Disneyland followers usually can financial institution on the park being open no matter what’s occurring on the earth round it. The park closed solely a handful of occasions in 65 years. The final time was after the phobia assaults on 11 September, 2001.

Disney resorts in Shanghai and Hong Kong already reopened.

California is seeing a COVID-19 spike, recording a 69% enhance in new manifestations this week.

The virus causes delicate or reasonable signs for most individuals however for some, particularly older adults and other people with present well being issues, it may trigger pneumonia and demise.

(With inputs from businesses)

Updated Date: Jun 25, 2020 09:13:15 IST


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