California theme parks and outdoor sports stadiums could reopen as soon as April 1 under new reopening guidelines released Friday by state public health officials, CBS Los Angeles reports.
The updated reopening guidelines allow theme parks in California to reopen at 15% capacity as early as April 1 once their counties reach the red, or second most restrictive, tier of reopening. Capacity levels will be able to shift once a theme park’s home county improves into the orange, then yellow tiers.
However, theme park attendance will be limited to California residents upon reopening.
“With case rates and hospitalizations significantly lower, the arrival of three highly effective vaccines and targeted efforts aimed at vaccinating the most vulnerable communities, California can begin gradually and safely bringing back more activities, especially those that occur outdoors and where consistent masking is possible,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of California’s Health and Human Services Agency, said in a statement.
The announcement was welcome news to Disneyland President Ken Potrock.
“We are encouraged that theme parks now have a path toward reopening this spring, getting thousands of people back to work and greatly helping neighboring businesses and our entire community,” he said in a statement.