California is holding off on issuing reopening guidelines for amusement parks and similar attractions for the time being and will reevaluate at a later date. The guidelines had been expected to be released publicly this week.
“Our Blueprint for a Safer Economy is driven by data and science to keep the risk of Covid-19 transmission low, and this upcoming guidance will be no exception,” Heath Secretary Mark Ghaly said in a statement to CNN.
“Given the size and operational complexities of these unique sectors, we are seeking additional input from health, workforce and business stakeholders to finalize this important framework – all leading with science and safety.”
Earlier this week Disney announced the layoffs of 28,000 employees. Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro blamed California in part for its “unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen.”
When asked Thursday if he would bend to pressure and reopen theme parks, Gov. Gavin Newsom was blunt:
“We are not putting the health and safety of people visiting the state or recreating in the state at theme parks at risk,” he added.