Disneyland Could Reopen Soon If New Bill Passes

It’s been nearly a year since the gates of Disneyland closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, other California theme parks like Universal Studios Hollywood and Knott’s Berry Farm have also remained shuttered due to state guidelines. It’s possible those guidelines could be changing, though.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, two California assembly members have proposed a new bill that would accelerate the opening of the state’s larger theme parks. Currently, larger parks like Disneyland are in Tier 4 of the state’s reopening plans. That essentially means the counties the parks are located in have to achieve a COVID-19 infection rate of fewer than one new daily case per 100,000 people and fewer than 2% positive tests.

Under the new bill, all theme parks would be able to open once their home counties entered Tier 3, which allows for 1-3.9 new cases per 100,000 people and a 2-4.9% positive test rate. Assembly members Sharon Quirk-Silva and Suzette Valladares have sponsored the bill, AB 420, and it shouldn’t be surprising that they have the support of the theme park industry.

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Author: Chris E. Hayner