California Governor Gavin Newsom on Saturday approved Orange County's plan to move a step deeper into phase two of the state's reopening plan, clearing retail stores and restaurants to allow customers inside to shop and eat.
Orange County includes the cities of Anaheim and Buena Park, the home of the Disneyland Resort and Knott's Berry Farm, respectively. That means today's action clears a major hurdle on the way toward allowing Downtown Disney and Knott's California Marketplace to reopen.
Knott's already this month has reopened some shops at California Marketplace for curbside pickups, including its Chicken-to-Go restaurant, Farm Bakery and Berry Market store. Downtown Disney has remained closed since mid-March. Restaurants and retail shops that reopen in Orange County will have to follow new state guidelines on social distancing and sanitation, as well as enforcing Orange County's new rule that all people must wear masks when outside and within six feet of others, including while shopping.
Neither Disney nor Knott's have commented on the eased restrictions in Orange County. One of the biggest shopping malls in the county, South Coast Plaza, has announced that it will reopen to customers on June 1.
San Diego County was cleared to enter the next step of phase two on Thursday, but neither SeaWorld San Diego nor Legoland California have external shopping and dining districts like Disneyland and Knott's offer. Southern California's other two major theme parks - Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain - are in Los Angeles County, which remains in early phase 2, with all in-person dining and shopping banned. Restaurants there may serve only takeout, and retail stores are restricted to curbside pickup.Tweet
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