The new guidelines released on Tuesday prohibit larger theme parks to reopen until their home counties’ daily coronavirus cases drop below 1 daily case per 100,000 people. That means re-opening of Disneyland is likely not seen on the horizon for a longer time. Disneyland, home to Orange County, sees 4.6 daily cases per 100,000 people.
Right after the announcement of the guidance, Ken Potrock, president of Disneyland Resort, said,"We have proven that we can responsibly reopen, with science-based health and safety protocols strictly enforced at our theme park properties around the world."
“Nevertheless, the State of California continues to ignore this fact, instead mandating arbitrary guidelines that it knows are unworkable and that hold us to a standard vastly different from other reopened businesses and state-operated facilities," he added.
Disney has been going through tough times since the pandemic hit in March. Last month, it laid off 28,000 employees in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Disney is not alone in slamming the guidelines, Universal Studios Hollywood is also in the list. Its president Karen Irwin called the guidelines “shameful."
"It ignores science, reason and the economic devastation this will bring to the thousands of our employees, the indirect businesses that rely on us and our industry overall," President Irwin said.
The company's Twitter handle also sarcastically made fun of the guidelines.
"We’ll only be responding to 25% of our tweets until further notice," it tweeted.
The company's theme park falls under Los Angeles County, which is seeing 10.1 daily cases per 100,000 people.
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