Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a press briefing Monday he is sending a team to The Walt Disney Company’s Florida theme park, Walt Disney World to gather feedback on how those theme parks are successfully operating during the pandemic.
The measure is being taken, said Newsom, “to get a better sense of what’s going on. . . While we absolutely take people’s word for information that they provide us, we want to see things for ourselves.” Newsom added that his state is trying to “get a better handle on what we’re being told, what we’re reading about and our own concerns and our own environment as it relates to what makes our theme parks distinctive and unique.”
Initially, Disneyland was scheduled to reopen on July 17, but it could not happen after a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the state.
Dr. Pamela Hymel, Chief Medical Officer for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, said in a statement on Twitter that the company absolutely rejects “the suggestion that reopening the Disneyland Resort is incompatible with a ‘health-first’ approach’.” “All of our other theme parks both in the U.S. and around the world have been allowed to open on the strength of our proven ability to operate with responsible health and safety protocols,” Hymel said.
“I am very sober about the responsibility and the expectation that is placed upon this administration and administrations across this state to keep people safe and at the same time balance economic imperative of reopening with modifications but mindful of trend lines you’re seeing across the country, for the matter around the world, from Germany to U.K. to other parts of the globe that have had setbacks as they enter into the winter months and I want to make sure we get this right,” Newsom said.