The California Department of Public Health has released their theme park reopening guidelines, sharing steps and procedures that California theme parks must meet before they are allowed to reopen.
Under the current plan, Universal Studios Hollywood may not reopen until the county reaches Tier 4 (Yellow – Minimal) risk level of COVID spread. Once that tier is reached, the parks can open up to 25% capacity.
Currently, Los Angeles County – which is the home of Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain – is at Purple Tier. Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, both located in Orange County, are in the Red Tier. In order for the parks to reopen, the county must have a new case rate of less than 1 per 100,000 residents and less than 2% positive test rate.
We’re no experts in Health and Medicine, but it’s apparent that the parks will be closed for the foreseeable future.
At this time, no comment has been made by Universal Studios Hollywood in response to the guidelines.
The California theme parks have been closed since March due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Florida theme parks were allowed to reopen in June, and have been used as an example by those encouraging reopening on how the California theme parks can handle theirs. In the midst of all this, both companies have laid off thousands of employees due to budget cuts to adjust to business needs in the current economic climate.
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