Many Anaheim residents have missed Disneyland and/or Angles games. Thankfully you might not have to miss them much longer.
If you want to catch a baseball game or take a trip to Disneyland, you may be able to as soon as April 1st. When Governor Newsom made his tier system for reopening, there were many questions. One was why theme parks couldn’t open until the least restrictive tier. It turns out that the Governor is finally ready to admit his system had some flaws in it.
Dr. Mark Ghaly is the secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. He shed some light on this recent decision.
“With case rates and hospitalizations significantly lower, the arrival of three highly effective vaccines and targeted efforts aimed at vaccinating the most vulnerable communities, California can begin gradually and safely bringing back more activities, especially those that occur outdoors and where consistent masking is possible. Even with these changes, California retains some of the most robust public health protocols in the country.”
Many people have been saying for months that outdoor events with consistent masking are safe. Thankfully California is finally starting to catch on. Better late than never.
If you want to catch an Angels home game, you will be able to starting on April 1st. Games will initially only be open to California residents. But, that won’t be a problem for Anaheim residents.
Overall, this will be far from the baseball experience Anaheim residents are used to. But, it is a step in the right direction.
Theme parks will be allowed to open only in the red tier. Technically, Orange County is still in the purple tier. However, that is not a concern because Orange County is poised to enter the red tier before April 1st.
In the red tier, Disneyland can reopen sith 15% capacity. That increases to 25% in the orange tier and 35% in the yellow tier. California residents will be the only ones allowed to buy tickets. That shouldn't be a problem since there are enough residents of Anaheim and surrounding cities to fill 15% capacity.
“We are encouraged that theme parks now have a path toward reopening this spring, getting thousands of people back to work and greatly helping neighboring businesses and our entire community. With responsible Disney safety protocols already implemented around the world, we can’t wait to welcome our guests back and look forward to sharing an opening date soon.”
Is 15% Capacity Enough
Most experts agree that theme parks are not profitable at 15% capacity. However, there are several other reasons to reopen.
First of all, Disneyland still has expenses when closed. There are taxes, utilities, and maintenance costs that still need to be paid. Any revenue helps.
Rehiring and retraining employees is another good reason. Remember, Disneyland in Anaheim let go of around 10,000 employees. Only around 1,000 of them were rehired so far.
A lot of the people who were laid off found new jobs. So Disneyland will need to train new workers. Also, the former employees that are rehired will be rusty. They will need time to retrain.
Opening April 1st will allow Disneyland to work out any kinks before attendance ramps up in the less restrictive tiers.
This pandemic has been difficult for the whole country. Anaheim is no different. Any steps we can take towards normal life are welcome at this point.
Some people might not see the significance of catching a baseball game or going to Disneyland. But those things are important. Many Anaheim residents rely on sporting events and theme parks for their jobs.