After a year of being closed because of COVID-19, Disneyland and other California theme parks are set to reopen in April of 2021.
The Los Angeles Times reports that L.A. and Orange counties recorded adjusted coronavirus case rates low enough to exit the purple tier of California’s four-rung reopening roadmap (purple is the strictest tier).
However, the timing of when they can officially do so hinges on how quickly providers can administer COVID-19 vaccines to residents in the state’s most disadvantaged areas.
Once California has given 2 million doses in targeted communities, the state will relax the criteria to move counties from purple to the more permissive red tier. That will probably happen this week.
Disneyland, along with Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain have pushed Governor Gavin Newsom to allow them to reopen and now finally parks in counties in the red tier will be able to open, but capacity will be limited to 15%; the cap rises to 25% once a county progresses to orange and 35% upon reaching the most lenient tier, yellow.
Officials said theme park attendance will be limited to in-state visitors. They also noted that reopening the Disney parks will be delayed beyond April 1 primarily by the need to recall and train about 10,000 workers.
Meanwhile, Disney World in Florida has been open to visitors with limited capacity since July of 2020.