Opening America: State-by-state guide to coronavirus reopening
At TPG, we paused traveling to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Local and federal governments around the globe are now debating the appropriate levels of isolation and distancing. Before booking that next trip, we recommend you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions. TPG is continuing to publish …As of May 20, all U.S. states are in some phase of reopening … some quickly, some very slowly. It runs the gamut from wide-open states like South Dakota to mostly off-limits states like Hawaii. Here’s a look at where states are on the reopening curve to help you decide how to plan the rest of 2020’s travel possibilities.
© Photo by Joshua Sudock/Courtesy of Disneyland Resort Disneyland Reopening Delayed
After nearly 13 weeks of closures, Disney Parks revealed plans for a phased reopening of Disneyland Resort. The proposal reflected much of what we’ve seen at Walt Disney World and Shanghai Disneyland: The Downtown Disney District retail and dining hub was to reopen first, followed by the theme parks, then by two of the three hotels. But on June 24, the original reopening date for the theme parks and hotels was pushed back.
When will Disneyland and Disney California Adventure reopen?
There is currently no confirmed reopening date for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (DCA). They were originally slated to reopen on July 17, but since California state officials have indicated that they will not be releasing theme park guidelines until July 4, the reopening of Disneyland and DCA have been postponed with no new date in place.
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“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,” a Disney Parks press release states. “Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date.”
The delay is unsurprising to some as a petition to delay Disneyland’s reopening collected over 50,000 signatures, citing concerns that the theme parks would not yet have enough safety precautions in place to protect the health of cast members (Disney’s term for park employees). The Associated Press reports that Disney is still negotiating agreements with employee unions and has signed agreements from 20 union affiliates representing more than 11,000 employees.
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When the theme parks do reopen, many changes will be in place, including significantly reduced attendance caps to facilitate social distancing. (Shanghai Disneyland reopened to 30 percent of its normal guest capacity, but a percentage has not yet been shared for U.S. Disney parks.) In order to manage the lowered capacity, Disneyland and DCA require guests (including annual passholders) to reserve theme park tickets in advance of arrival. For the time being, the parks are implementing a temporary pause on new ticket sales, most likely to first offer reservations to people who already had tickets or annual passes prior to the March closure.
Guests can also expect temperature checks and touchless bag checks prior to entering the theme parks, face coverings required for all cast members and guests over two years of age, modified ride queues, and enhanced staffing to ensure that all guests adhere to the new sanitization and social-distancing protocols. Parades and fireworks will return at a later date to minimize large group gatherings where it would be difficult to enforce six feet of separation between parties. Character meet and greets will also be temporarily unavailable.
Disneyland delays reopening its theme parks, but its downtown shopping district is still set to open July 9
Disneyland and California Adventure will no longer reopen July 17 as coronavirus cases rise in California. Downtown Disney will still open July 9."The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4," said Disney Parks in a statement provided to Insider. "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.
When will the Downtown Disney District reopen?
The shops and restaurants in the Downtown Disney District will reopen on July 9 as originally planned. Unlike Disney Springs in Orlando, which opened Disney-owned businesses such as the World of Disney Store a week later than third-party businesses in the same shopping center, all establishments in Downtown Disney will resume operations on the same date.
When will the Disneyland Resort hotels reopen?
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel were anticipated to reopen on July 23 but have been delayed along with the theme parks. A tentative reopening date for the Disneyland Hotel has not yet been announced.
This article originally appeared online on June 10, 2020; it was updated on June 25, 2020, to include current information. The Associated Press contributed reporting to this article.
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