California Governor Gavin Newsom today put forth a four-phase plan for reopening businesses in the state of California, one that could see the reopening of some non-essential retail locations in "weeks, not months." However, higher-risk locations such as movie theaters would be included in later phases that reopen in "month, not weeks," Newsom said.
Theme parks were not explicitly listed in any of the four phases, which start with the status quo as phase one, when only essential businesses are allowed to open and then only under severe restrictions. The second phase would allow businesses with relatively low risk for transmission to reopen under social distancing restrictions. Examples would include manufacturing and construction, child care and schools, which could resume instruction earlier than planned, such as in July or August. However, social distancing restrictions would need to be in place for schools, which would require substantial planning and changing of past procedures.
Phase three would include entertainment venues such as movie theaters, plus religious services and sports events without spectators. Phase four would be the lifting of the stay-at-home order, allowing large crowds such as at sporting events and concerts, and for conventions to resume.
Theme parks in California, such as Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, potentially could be included in phase three should they adopt substantial operational changes to support social distancing. Without those changes, theme parks would then likely fall into phase four, which Newsom said might not be reached "for some time."Tweet
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