Disneyland and other California theme parks just returned to full capacity - here's what is changing
- California theme parks, sporting events, and concerts returned to 100% capacity on Tuesday.
- The state health department added some regulations on vaccinations records and masking for theme parks.
California theme parks, including Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, returned to full capacity on Tuesday.
Gov. Gavin Newsom first announced the parks could return to full capacity in May as a part of his Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The previous 15% to 35% capacity limits lifted at the same time that the entire state fully reopened.
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The parks will also no longer be required to maintain physical-distancing requirements on the sites.
The California Health Department added special regulations for venues such as theme parks, concerts, and sports arenas that could be classified as "mega-events" - indoor events with more than 5,000 people, and outdoor ones with over 10,000. The venues are required to provide masks for all customers, though attendees will not be required to wear them if they have been fully vaccinated.
Customers planning on attending indoor venues must either be able to verify that they are fully vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test with a negative result 72 hours prior to entering the venue. They are expected to bring their test results or send them prior to arriving at the event.
For outdoor events, the agency recommends that the venues require a vaccination record or COVID-19 test, but will not enforce it. If an individual at an outdoor event cannot verify that they have been vaccinated, it is recommended that the venue asks the individual to wear a mask.
The California Health Department said the new mandates will run through October 1, but will be reassessed on September 1.
Disneyland reopened for the first time since the pandemic started on April 30 at 25% capacity. Since then, fans have flocked to the theme park.
Fully reopening the park will allow Disney to begin recouping from the impact of the pandemic on one of its biggest revenue streams. Last year, the media giant lost nearly $5 billion due to park closures.
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