City of Anaheim Asks Gavin Newsom to Re-open Disney After $100 Million Shortfall

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, visitors walk toward Sleeping Beauty's Castle in the background at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. Disneyland says it's closing its California parks starting Saturday over coronavirus concerns. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some …
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The city government of Anaheim, California, has asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to issue regulations that allow Disneyland and other theme parks to reopen, after the lack of commerce brought a $100 million shortfall to public coffers.

California’s theme parks have been closed since coronavirus restrictions began in March. While Florida’s Disney World reopened in July, its counterpart in California has remained closed, affecting the local economy throughout the region.

The Orange County Register reported:

The city of Anaheim joined California theme parks in urging the state to issue COVID-19 guidelines that will let the major tourist destinations reopen.

About half of the city’s general fund budget comes from revenue tied to businesses around Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center. Anaheim faces a $100 million budget deficit as a result of the extended coronavirus closures, according to Lyster.

Theme parks have been left waiting on the sidelines while other segments of the California economy have reopened under Newsom’s four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

“Beaches are open, museums are open, zoos are open and most of SeaWorld in San Diego is open,” [city spokesperson Mike] Lyster said. “There does not seem to be a lot of consistency there.”

California saw record-low coronavirus rates over the past week, with cases falling throughout the state. The state has been slow to reopen its economy after an initial round of reopening in late spring coincided with a surge in coronavirus cases (as well as Black Lives Matter protests and riots that saw large crowds of people gathering in urban areas).

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