Disneyland reopening delayed due to lack of guidelines from the state

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 20:49:59-04

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Disneyland announced Wednesday its reopening date of July 17 will no longer be happening due to a lack of official guidelines from the state.

The park had previously stated it planned to reopen on July 17, pending government approval, with new modifications and health measures in place. However, in a statement the Walt. Disney Co. said the state indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4.

"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 company said in a release. "Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date."

The park said the Downtown Disney District will still reopen on July 9 as previously announced with health and safety protocols in place for cast members and guests.

The park also stated it is in discussions with employee unions and workers. The company said it has signed an agreement detailing plans that include enhanced safety protocols in order to bring cast members back to work.

This after reports of unions and workers sending a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom saying it is still unsafe to reopen the park.