Disneyland Resort was planning for a phased reopening of its theme parks for July 17, pending government approvals. However the State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4.
Given the time required for Disneyland Resort to bring of cast members back to work and restart, the have to delay the reopening of the theme parks and resort hotels until they receive approval from government officials. Once Disneyland Resort has a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, they will share the new reopening date.
However, the Downtown Disney District will reopen on July 9 as previously announced with health and safety protocols in place for cast members and guests. The opening of the Downtown Disney District has been previously approved in line with restaurant and retail openings throughout California.
In order to reopen the theme parks Disneyland Resort needs to negotiate agreements with its unions to return employees to work. They report that they have had positive discussions and are very pleased to have signed agreements from 20 union affiliates, including the Master Services Council, which represents more than 11,000 of its cast members. The signed agreement details plans that include enhanced safety protocols that will allow Disneyland to responsibly reopen, and get thousands of cast members back to work.
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