California’s SeaWorld Is Approved To Reopen While Universal Studios Hollywood And Disneyland Remain Close
Theme parks like Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood have remained closed in California since March because of COVID-19 restrictions, but now Sea World has been given the green light to reopen ahead of them, because of allowances for zoos.
Tegan Glasheen, a spokesman for San Diego County, confirmed the news to Bloomberg this week, saying that in order for it to open, the theme park will only be able to allow guests in its outdoor attractions. Its indoor aquariums will remain closed and its rides will not be allowed to operate. No exact date or plan has been announced and the company did not immediately issue comment to Bloomberg but posted a video on its Facebook page reading “Big news coming soon, stay tuned!”
Universal and Disney have both re-opened their parks in Florida after their COVID-19 closures, and Disneyland had announced reopening plans set for mid-July, but they’ve been delayed indefinitely as they are waiting on state government guidance on reopening. Universal Studios Hollywood’s president was hopeful back in June that their park could reopen in July, but it also remains closed because of COVID-19 restrictions. Cases in the state continued to rise throughout the summer, leading officials to roll back some of its moves towards reopening.
Knott’s Berry Farm, another theme park in the area, also partially reopened last month in order to put on a food festival and plans to offer a similar experience this month, according to their website. None of the rides operate during this festival. The park has already cancelled its Knott’s Scary Farm event for the fall.
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