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California is 'getting closer' to issuing guidance to reopen theme parks

Legoland breaks ground on castle hotel
Posted at 2:33 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 17:33:47-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — California is "getting closer" to issuing guidance on how and when to reopen theme parks across the state during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state is still working on preparing guidance on when and how theme parks across the state can reopen while fighting the spread of COVID-19.

“We will make determinations in real-time for theme parks, amusement parks, and the like,” Newsom said. “There’s still many areas where we are open-ended in terms of our negotiation, making progress, and advancing in the same space.”

Newsom added the state is “getting closer to concluding when and how to safely reopen those sectors.”

Legoland California, Disneyland and California Adventure, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Universal Studios Hollywood have each been shuttered since mid-March after stay-at-home orders were issued for the state.

Downtown Disney and Universal CityWalk have reopened outside their respective theme parks with modifications.

SeaWorld San Diego reopened last month on a limited basis, requiring reservations for visitors and limited access to exhibits. All of the park's coasters and rides are currently closed and some animal experiences are limited.

The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park have also reopened in San Diego with limited offerings and modifications.