Governor Newsom in “No Hurry” to Issue Theme Park Reopening Guidelines, Issues Statement on Bob Iger Leaving Task Force

As Disneyland Resort awaits reopening guidelines from the State of California, it seems Governor Newsom is in “no hurry” to issue reopening dates or guidelines, stating science will guide any announcements on when and how it will be safe to reopen major theme parks. He has also released a statement regarding Bob Iger’s departure from his recovery task force.

We don’t anticipate in the immediate term any of these larger parks opening until we see more stability in terms of the data… we feel there’s no hurry to put out guidelines and we continue to work with the industry.

When asked about Bob Iger’s sudden leave from the Governor’s Economic Advisory Council, Newsom revealed it was due to “disagreements” over reopening guidelines:

There’s disagreements in terms of opening a major theme park. We’re going to let science and data make that determination. I understand the dialectic, the friction that many business leaders have that they want to move forward… but we’re going to be led by a health-first framework and we’re going to be stubborn about it.

The governor did express appreciation for Iger’s insight, however:

I had a wonderful conversation with Bob, who’s been very active and participatory. I’m incredibly grateful for his support, his insight, his counsel.

Last week, it seemed that theme park reopening guidelines were finally going to be issued, however there was backlash from the theme parks, ultimately leading to a postponement. On Monday, Newsom refused to answer a question regarding Disneyland’s reopening.

Source: Deadline

5 thoughts on “Governor Newsom in “No Hurry” to Issue Theme Park Reopening Guidelines, Issues Statement on Bob Iger Leaving Task Force”

  1. The governor of CA is enjoying his dictatorial power. WDW in Florida has had no problems with it’s reopening. How do all those cast members feel standing in line at the unemployment office? Borderline criminal at this point.

  2. It isn’t a matter of being stubborn or about trusting the science. Economic troubles result in tens of thousands of deaths in addition to the financial issues. Good leadership listens to all interests and helps plan recovery as expeditiously as possible.

  3. Wow, I do not like how flippant his actions toward this are. He does not seem to want things to go back to normal.

    Very disappointing. How can he say “science and data will be the guide” when both say that social distancing is important yet he allows counties to open nail salons, tattoo parlors, and indoor dining (for some). Data shows that Disney parks follow safety guidelines and no outbreak has been linked to a Disney park around the world not just Florida.

    Also, what data can he look at that is comparable if no theme parks in California are allowed to open?

    I am so disappointed at how political everything seems to be. Election years are the worst.

    Thank you for the update.

    Hopefully Disneyland will open before the end of the year, at least for Christmas :(

  4. Thanks for your accurate reporting of this. It was refreshing to read an article without bias either way. As far as commenting on the story, I’m for reopening everything now. We the people don’t need a Nanny State to tell us how to mitigate risks on this virus. Enough is enough. WDW is doing fine managing guests, let our California parks do the same!

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