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California to reopen theme parks, stadiums

2021-03-06 HKT 10:03
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  • California's Disneyland will reopen next month. File photo: Reuters
    California's Disneyland will reopen next month. File photo: Reuters
California health officials on Friday gave Disneyland and other theme parks the go-ahead to reopen at limited capacity from April 1, after a closure of almost a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Capacity will be limited to between 15 percent and 35 percent, the California Department of Health said in an update. Masks and other safety measures will be required and the parks will initially be open only to state residents.

Outdoor stadiums will also be allowed to reopen at reduced capacity, starting on April 1.

Ken Potrock, president of the Disneyland Resort, said in a statement that the decision meant "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," Potrock said.

He did not give a date for the reopening of Disneyland in the southern California city of Anaheim.

Disney in September said it was furloughing some 28,000 workers, mostly across its US theme parks in California and Florida. Walt Disney World in Florida reopened in July last year, with limited capacity.

Hong Kong Disneyland was allowed to reopen last month after being closed for the third time during the pandemic.

Friday's announcement follows a decline in coronavirus cases in California and the rollout of vaccines. A car park at Disneyland is being used as a mass vaccination site. (Reuters)