Disneyland is set to reopen this April and fans of the happiest place on Earth are more excited than ever. The news came after Governor Gavin Newson made the announcement that the state is nearing the goal of vaccinating 2 million Californian residents throughout underprivileged communities.
California, which was originally in Newsom’s highly-restrictive purple tier, is slowly sinking into the red tier, which allows for less-restrictive activities and requirements. Alongside restaurants and non-essential businesses, Newson said that theme parks would be allowed to reopen as early as April 1.
Orange County Could Hit Red Tier Even Sooner
Disneyland, however, is in Orange County, a county whose officials say is on track for reaching red tier status as early as March 17. In a recent statement, Frank Kim, Orange County CEO, said, “we expect Orange County to open into the red tier in the coming week.”
Director and chief health officer of the Orange Country Healthcare Agency, Dr. Clayton Chau, spoke with reporters this past week. He told them that the department of health “expect(s) to have two weeks in the red tier on Tuesday and on Wednesday we’ll have an official entry into the red tier.”
Orange County has been in the red tier range for around a week now. If the county maintains this status by this coming Sunday, it may get the stamp of approval from the governor. The state of California currently requires a county to retain its tier status for up to two weeks before implementing relaxed protocols. Each Tuesday, the governor makes a tier announcement.
Frank Kim also noted that the vaccination goal will be of major assistance to Orange County moving to the Orange Tier sooner than later as well.
The Home Of California Theme Parks
While this may not matter as much for places like Los Angeles County or San Diego County, Orange County is home to some of the state’s most popular theme parks, where finding the right capacity has been an ongoing debate. In the red tier, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm are allowed to open at a 15% capacity.
Guests from out of state will not be allowed and indoor dining will still be forbidden.
Officials from Knott’s Berry Farm recently told reporters that the park does not have plans to open until May.
Locals are hoping that the county can make the push to the orange tier, as it will allow for 25% capacity in the parks, 66% more than in the red tier. The same will go for indoor capacity if the parks abide by California’s tier chart.
Chau says that it will be much easier for the county to move its way into the Orange tier. However, he also notes that the “soonest we can get into the orange tier will be after the first week of April.”
Disneyland, according to Disney CEO Bob Chapek, will not reopen until late April at least. With that in mind, the initial Disneyland reopening might fall in the Orange Tier, allowing for a 25% capacity.
As of now, Orange County’s positive test rate has made improvements, moving from 3.2% to 3.9% as of last Tuesday.