Disneyland Still Not Able to Open
Disneyland has extended its period of closure and the furloughing of its employees because of the pandemic, but it does look like there could be hope on the horizon for the theme park.
It Seems to Be the Only One Closed
Disney theme parks have re-opened all around the world, yet Disneyland has remained closed throughout all of it as California continues to struggle and deal with the pandemic. The cast members received an email about the situation, which doesn’t give a lot of information about the park’s re-opening or when it could be.
Disney be like “dear valued employee, you are still furloughed and there’s still no info” that was our reopening notice
— Burt Macklin (@yokaless) August 24, 2020
The email says that the closure will continue past its six month mark, which will be hit in September, without a clear date of when it could end. As you can imagine, that’s frustrating and stressful for many of the people who work at the park.
Not In Their Hands
It’s not all Disney’s fault, though, as the decision really is out of their hands. The park is waiting for the approval of California, which has not been very forthcoming with their guidelines or policies. The state started to open back up in May and June, but a higher-than-expected spike in coronavirus cases caused the state to pump the brakes.
Disneyland had started to work towards re-opening in July, but that plan was quickly shelved. As of now, the only part of the theme park that is open is the Downtown Disney shopping district.
There Could Be Hope Though
There may be some good news on the horizon, though, as Orange County – where Disneyland is located – was recently taken off of California’s COVID watchlist, meaning that the number of confirmed cases has been consistently declining.
That is good news, but it’s only the first step in a long road to getting the park to open up again. If the park does re-open, it may not have to worry about people coming in from out of the state, or even the country, but it will have to deal with people from all over California coming to the park. The entire state is going to have to be in better shape for it to work.
The state could be trending in that direction with seven counties coming off the watchlist last week. We can only hope for everyone’s health and safety that this is a sign of a larger trend.
It’s going to be a long road ahead, for everyone. California already thought it was on its way to some level of normalcy, but it didn’t go according to plan. We can all be sure that Disneyland will be open as soon as it can be, and those employees will be able to go back to work, should they want to.
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