On Thursday, the California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA) theme park trade group, and Disney Parks, the theme park division of Disney, denounced Governor Gavin Newsom’s Wednesday announcement that theme park re-openings in the state would be indefinitely delayed.
California theme parks to continue to be closed for the near future
Theme parks in California have been closed since March, and combined have lost billions of dollars in the last 7 months in revenue. The situation grew dire last month, as, after a refusal by Newsom to install guidelines despite a plea from CAPA, many theme parks began laying off employees. Disney, one of the largest employers in the state, was by far the largest, laying off 28,000 workers from California and Florida.
This caused the state to step in and begin working with the theme parks to halt any more layoffs, with draft reopening plans even coming into place. On Tuesday, California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Secretary Mark Ghaly announced that they were close to agreeing on reopening guidelines, and that they would be open as soon as possible to the public.
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