How to Open a Closed Theme Park (and Comply with CA COVID-19 Rules)
After quite the dramatic unfolding of events in California over theme park re-opening, Disneyland management is finally going to do what they should have done months ago...open up a part of the park to shopping and dining only.
It's quite the legal loophole in California's COVID-19 restart plan that has essentially shut down Disneyland and other large theme parks, including Knott's Berry Farm and Universal Studios Hollywood; a loophole that allows shopping and dining to re-open in compliance with the rules, even if the shows and attractions must remain shuttered. That's what's happening on Buena Vista Street at Disney's California Adventure according to a Disney Parks Blog post.
In fairness to Disney, they've wanted to do the right thing. That is, open their theme parks safely and responsibly in compliance with California rules. Unfortunately, it seems that efforts to do so were met with reluctance on the part of the Governor and State officials.
Since opening their parks anytime soon seems almost impossible, Disney (and the other theme parks for that matter) are going to open shopping and dining to keep their people employed and parks earning some badly needed revenues for their respective owners. This is going to hopefully demonstrate to the Governor and State officials that opening can be done safely. If there is an outbreak, it will be devastating and a major setback.
In all cases, I think it's safe to say that regardless of the position you take on this divisive issue (pro-opening or pro-closure), we all want the pandemic to be over, minimal loss of life and personal illness to occur, and for our theme parks to re-open. If the road to that day involves a few legal loopholes that allow some of the magic to return as proof of concept, as long as we're all safe, that's all that matters.