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Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other big theme parks in California can’t reopen until they’re in the lowest tier of coronavirus restrictions, but smaller parks and outdoor stadiums can resume operations in areas with tier 3 status, the state’s top health official said.

KCRA 3 News reported that Dr. Mark Ghaly revealed guidelines that will pave the way for the state’s smaller theme parks to receive visitors for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced their closures in March.

“We must not let our guard down,” California’s Health and Human Services secretary said before releasing the state’s newest guidance.

Smaller theme parks can resume operations in tier 3 (moderate/orange) by following these rules:

  • Limit capacity of 25% or 500

  • May only open outdoor attractions

  • Ticket sales limited to visitors in same county

All parks can resume in tier 4 with limited capacity of 25%, and parks must also screen guests for symptoms and mandate face coverings.

Ghaly said that professional sporting events at outdoor stadiums may resume in tier 3 at 20% capacity and 25% in tier 4.

The guidelines for stadiums also include:

  • Ticket sales restricted to customers within a 120-mile radius

  • Advanced ticket sales only

  • Eating and drinking in assigned seats only

  • Mandatory face coverings unless eating or drinking

  • No tailgating

Ghaly warned that theme parks were higher risk settings than stadiums because they have thousands of people coming from a broad geographic area, people mixing and congregating, and many frequently touched surfaces.

“People may keep their guard up when they’re in a theme park” but when they're "milling around in a community" that can raise the risk of spreading the virus, he said.

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