Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement regarding the reopening of Disneyland Resort and other California theme parks that the government was in “no hurry” to issue reopening dates or guidelines, despite very public pressure, saying, "We don’t anticipate in the immediate term any of these larger parks opening until we see more stability in terms of the data… we feel there’s no hurry to put out guidelines and we continue to work with the industry."

And while that didn't seem to be promising at the time, it looks like the Governor's position has softened somewhat on the topic of theme park openings. When asked about reopening preparations, Newsom said that his office is sending out teams to theme parks like Walt Disney World in order to get “a better sense of what’s going on” adding that "I want folks to come back and tell me what they saw, what their experience was,"

Erin Guerrero, executive director of California Attractions & Parks Association said in a statement, “We applaud the governor for accepting our invitation to visit California’s iconic parks and we are eager to work together so theme parks can reopen responsibly and soon," adding that "Doing so will allow tens of thousands of people to get back to work and provide a much-needed jump start for local and state economies that have been decimated by the shutdown.”

Image: Disney

Though we still don't have any idea when Disneyland (and other California theme parks) will be able to reopen, this at least looks like a step in the right direction for the California government, and will hopefully lead to additional developments soon! 


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