USA :California amusement parks push to reopen

Disneyland, Universal Studios and other amusement parks in California asked the authorities to decide on sanitary criteria for their safe reopening after six months closed by the pandemic, and save “tens of thousands of jobs.”

The CAPA trade association, which represents some thirty theme parks and zoos, “urges the governor to quickly publish guidelines for amusement parks so that (…) they can reopen their doors responsibly and keep residents coming back. to work, “said a statement from its executive director, Erin Guerrero, sent to . on Tuesday.

Since their closure six months ago, these parks “have designed detailed plans for their reopening, with reduced capacity, mandatory use of masks and strict sanitary protocols for both users and employees,” the text continued. “But for their reopening, the parks need the state guidelines that are delayed.”

Guerrero highlighted the “tens of thousands of jobs”, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in tax benefits and “local businesses that live thanks to amusement parks.”

Disneyland, located in Anaheim, south of Los Angeles, was originally scheduled to reopen on July 17, but abandoned plans after failing to get the go-ahead from local authorities.

Disneyland is the second most visited amusement park in the world, after Disney World in Orlando (Florida), which has already reopened. It attracts millions of tourists every year.

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