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Hollywood Reporter: Disneyland v. Gov. Newsom: When Will the Standoff Over Reopening End?

The iconic Anaheim park is a vaccination site while the Hollywood giant is locked in a stalemate with the embattled Democrat to speed up the return of visitors and employees.

It’s the quiet Mike Morrison finds most striking. A Disneyland Resort employee for 16 years, the manager of engineering services for Anaheim’s California Adventure Park is used to the bustle that accompanies one of the most popular theme parks in the world. But for nearly one year now, the Disneyland Resort has been shuttered amid the pandemic.

Lake County - Record Bee: Assemblymember Quirk-Silva urges Gov. Newsom to reopen theme parks

Assemblymember Quirk-Silva urges Gov. Newsom to reopen theme parks

Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D – Orange County), Chair of the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Committee, introduced Assembly Bill 420 (AB 420), Safe Theme Park Reopening, on Feb. 4, 2021 and continues to work tirelessly in her efforts to help state theme parks return back to business and create a safe pathway to recovery.

Anaheim Supports Assembly Bill to Speed Disney Reopening

Anaheim officials have decided to push the state to help reopen Disneyland sooner rather than later.

As of Tuesday, California counties must reside in the least restrictive COVID-19 tier, known as the minimal tier, for their large theme parks to resume operation. Orange County has remained in the most restrictive reopening tier, known as the widespread tier, since Nov.

State and Local Officials Frustrated by Inequities in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Orange County is currently (as February 14) hospitalizing 790 COVID-19-positive patients; 257 of them are in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), a drop from over 400 ICU hospitalized patients just two weeks ago. St. Jude Medical Center will not confirm the number of COVID-19 patients currently being treated there, but a California government site shows a hospital corresponding with St. Jude’s location treating 97 COVID-19 positive patients at this time. Countywide, the availability of ICU beds has risen from a low of 70 on January 20 to 130 on February 12.

Spectrum News: SoCal Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Reopen Theme Parks

SoCal Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Reopen Theme Parks

By Daniela Pardo and Hannah Poukish Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s largest amusement parks have been shut down since the start of the pandemic, and despite a strong push by elected officials and industry leaders to reopen, Gov.

KABC: SoCal lawmakers aim to speed up reopening of theme parks like Disneyland, Magic Mountain

SoCal lawmakers aim to speed up reopening of theme parks like Disneyland, Magic Mountain

The bill would place large parks like Disneyland and Universal on the same timeline for reopening as smaller parks.

Two Southern California legislators have introduced a bill that seeks to allow large theme parks to reopen sooner. The bill would place the largest parks, like Disneyland, Magic Mountain and Universal Studios, on the same timeline for reopening as smaller parks.

Assembly Bill 420 was introduced by Assemblywoman Suzette Valladares, a Santa Clarita Republican whose district includes Magic Mountain, and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, a Democrat from Orange County whose district borders Disneyland.

They note that other large theme parks around the world, including Disney World in Florida, have reopened without evidence they have contributed to major COVID-19 outbreaks.

They also note that theme parks contribute significantly to the California economy, generating $12.6 billion in direct and indirect revenue to state government and paying $1.5 billion a year in federal, state and local taxes. The assemblywomen say reopening the parks would allow tens of thousands of people to return to work.

Disneyland closed in March 2020, at first as a voluntary safety measure and later remaining closed under state orders that applied to many businesses and activities throughout California.

"I think it can be done safely, and I think not only Disney, Magic Mountain, other theme parks -- they're in the business to move people, to move them safely, and I think that it's the time to move down this pathway," said Quirk-Silva.
 

KTLA: California lawmakers seek to pressure Newsom to speed up reopening of Disneyland, other large theme parks

Two state lawmakers from Southern California introduced a bill Thursday meant to put pressure on Gov. Gavin Newsom to speed up the reopening timeline for the state’s major theme parks, including Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood.

Under Newsom’s current reopening framework, large theme parks aren’t allowed to open until the county they’re located in reaches the least restrictive fourth tier, or yellow tier.