In a classic example of "be careful what you wish for" (because you might get it), leaders of California's major theme parks are now asking Governor Gavin Newsom not to issue guidance for reopening parks in the state.
Yep, my colleague Brady MacDonald over at the Orange County Register has the story. The California Attractions and Parks Association, which represents the major parks in the state, is asking Newsom to hold off after the governor's press secretary said that the state would reveal the guidelines tomorrow. This comes after weeks of demands from industry leaders that Newsom release the new rules.
Apparently, the parks do not like what they saw in a draft of the proposed guidelines, which would govern when and how theme parks can resume operations in the state. Despite the lack of such guidelines, four of the eight locations represented by the association have reopened their gates for special events with partial operations, under guidance issued for other industries: SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland California, Knott's Berry Farm, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
"We ask the governor not to finalize guidance for amusement parks before engaging the industry in a more earnest manner, listening to park operators’ expertise and collaborating with the industry on a plan that will allow for amusement parks to reopen responsibly while still keeping the health and safety of park employees and guests a top priority," CAPA executive director Erin Guerrero said in a statement quoted by the Register.
Now throw in this. Apparently Disney Chairman Bob Iger has resigned from Newsom's economic recovery task force, reportedly over the theme park guidance issue.
If the state choose to go ahead with the new guidance, you will be able to find it on the state's Covid-19 website Friday.
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