Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure’s planned reopening in Anaheim, CA, has been delayed indefinitely as the park awaits approval from government officials during the pandemic.
“The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4,” a statement from Disneyland on its website read on Thursday. The comments were noted by CNN. (RELATED: REPORT: Coachella Potentially Rescheduled To October Due To Coronavirus Fears)
“Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials,” it added. (RELATED: Bob Iger Defends Marvel Franchise After Famous Directors Called Them ‘Despicable’)
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The statement continued, noting that “once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date.”
Original plans to reopen “The Happiest Place on Earth” were previously set to take place July 17 after the park was forced to close its doors several months ago in hopes of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
However, there is a bit of good news. Downtown Disney will be reopening as planned July 9 with new health and safety state protocols. There was no other information at to what those changes might include.
Disney is still having “positive discussions” with the many unions that represent its workers over the reopening, something the company noted at the end of its release about the delayed plans.
“In order to reopen our theme parks we need to negotiate agreements with our unions to return employees to work,” the statement read. “We have had positive discussions and are very pleased to have signed agreements from 20 union affiliates, including the Master Services Council, which represents more than 11,000 of our cast members.”
“The signed agreement details plans that include enhanced safety protocols that will allow us to responsibly reopen, and get thousands of our cast members back to work,” it concluded.