Disneyland Delays July 17 Reopening as Coronavirus Spikes in California

June 25, 2020

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The Walt Disney Co. announced Wednesday that it will not reopen Disneyland on July 17 after all, The Los Angeles Times reports. Disney said part of the reason is that they are still awaiting guidelines from the state. “Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date," the company adds. The neighboring Disney shopping and restaurant district is still slated to reopen on July 9. The postponements come as California and other places in the U.S. are seeing significant spikes in COVID-19 infections. Last week, 17,000 Disneyland employees sent a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom saying that re-opening the park would be unsafe, and Wednesday, his office expressed support for the delay. “The governor appreciates Disney’s responsiveness to his concerns about reopening amid the recent increases in COVID-19 infections across many Southern California counties,” spokesman Nathan Click said in a statement. “The state and our public health experts continue to be in contact with the company and their workers — as well as other theme parks in the state — as we track and combat the spread of the virus.”