Disney and California’s Governor Newsom have been butting heads over the pandemic guidelines and reopening protocols. Disney, and other theme parks, have been practically begging Newsom to let them reopen. They even mentioned California as a reason in laying off 28,000 Cast Members.
Now Bob Iger has quit the California economic recovery task force that he was a part of. And really I can’t blame him. Economic recovery doesn’t seem to be very high on the list for the Governor. Many businesses in California have already folded over the super strict regulations and many are leaving the state in droves.
Finally it seems Theme Park Guidelines Will Be Released:
After weeks of waiting the Governor has indicated that the theme park guidelines will finally be released, but now CAPA Executive Director Erin Guerrero has indicated that the guidelines will not work and is asking for Newsom to not finalize the requirements until talking with industry leaders on what will and won’t work.
“While we are aligned on many of the protocols and health and safety requirements, there are many others that need to be modified if they are to lead to a responsible and reasonable amusement park reopening plan. We ask the governor not to finalize guidance for amusement parks before engaging the industry in a more earnest manner, listening to park operators’ expertise, and collaborating with the industry on a plan that will allow for amusement parks to reopen responsibly while still keeping the health and safety of park employees and guests a top priority.”
Whatever is in this plan must be pretty over the top for them to ask they not finalize it. It’s making more and more sense why Iger quit the task force as well. Unlike Florida’s task force, the California one seems to be only for show and the governor doesn’t really seem to be too concerned with the economy of his state.
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