Jun 25, 2020 - Health

Disneyland stalls July 17 reopening, citing lack of guidelines for theme parks

A sign that says "Downtown Disney"
Disneyland on March 17 in Los Angeles, California. The Downtown Disney District will reopen on July 9, the company said. Photo: RBL/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

California's Disneyland announced on Wednesday it would no longer reopen as planned on July 17, as the state is not expected to release specific guidelines for theme parks until after July 4.

Why it matters: Daily recorded coronavirus infections in California have continued to hit new highs this week, per the state's health department data.

What they're saying: "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," Disney said in a statement on Wednesday.

  • Disney said it has signed agreements with 20 union affiliates to bring employees back to work. Those include pledges to increase safety protocols.
  • The Downtown Disney District will reopen on July 9, the company said.

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