People aren’t so happy with the Happiest Place on Earth.
If you head over the “Schedule Disneyland to reopen at a later date” Change.org petition, you’ll see the numbers rolling up every second as users sign the petition to halt and defer plans to welcome the public back. The page was created by anonymous users after Disney announced the Anaheim resort reopening date for July 17, 2020.
We are pleased to announce our proposed plans to begin a phased reopening of the @Disneyland Resort. We are looking forward to welcoming guests back to the Happiest Place on Earth! Learn more on the @DisneyParks Blog: https://t.co/jWtAONQdzP pic.twitter.com/e9vvkoeVUW
— Disney Parks News (@DisneyParksNews) June 10, 2020
“Many people have lost loved ones due to this pandemic and by reopening the parks they are endangering cast members and guests to be exposed to COVID-19,” the petition says. “There are more cases now than when the parks closed on March 13, 2020. Health officials have stated that the 2nd wave of COVID-19 will be worse. So reopening before the 2nd wave even hits us is irresponsible and greedy.
“I understand everyone is rejoicing for the reopening of the parks but not during a pandemic where people are dying, now is not the time…. The solution would be to reschedule Disneyland to reopen the parks at a later date when cases of COVID-19 drop and health officials state it is safer for everyone but to still practice social distancing.”
The Disneyland and California Adventure are expected to open July 17, while the Downtown Disney shopping district is set to reopen as soon as July 9 and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen on July 23, subject to government approval.
In a post by Disney Parks Chief Medical Officer Pam Hymel, it states that the park has implemented a number of health and safety measures and have put both the safety of the public and their cast members first. The precautions are in line with most protocols dictated by officials such as frequent disinfecting, adjusting for social distancing, and providing PPE, including face coverings. However, this still doesn’t sit well with many concerned citizens that have been watching the numbers steadily climb since loosening restrictions.
Last week the county experiences the three largest single-day increases and has retracted the mandate for face coverings, which is now merely a recommendation.
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