The greatest place on Earth has decided to pump the brakes. Disneyland has made it official that they will not be opening on July 17 as planned. Disney which has resorts in both California and Florida recently made the announcement.
The company said that the State of California had indicated it would not issue theme park reopening guidelines “until sometime after July 4,” according to a statement. “Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials.”
The news of Disneyland’s delayed reopening comes as coronavirus cases are spiking across the country, especially in California, which just experienced it largest single day record of positive cases.
Disney still must negotiate with its unions before the parks can be reopened. The company said it has had “positive discussions” and has signed agreements with 20 union affiliates.
The company has gotten pushback from unions that represent Disneyland workers about the reopening. An online petition on Change.org, which called for Disney to schedule the reopening of Disneyland to a later date. That petition has over 50,000 signatures. A similar petition is being circulated for Disneyworld in Florida, another state experiencing huge surges for the coronavirus.
Disney is implementing several measures to reopen safely and prevent the spread of coronavirus at its parks, including requiring employees and guests to wear face coverings. Disney also will reduce capacity at the parks and the resort will temporarily suspend parades, fireworks and other events that create crowds.
At this time Disneyland has not released a date for a new proposed opening.