Sacramento, CA – The California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA) today announced its strong support for AB 420, a bill introduced by Assembly Members Sharon Quirk Silva(D-Buena Park) and Suzette Valladares (R-Santa Clarita) that will place all theme parks in the “Orange – Moderate – Tier 3” of the state’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Amusement Parks and Theme Parks. The guidance in Governor Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy currently restricts theme parks from reopening until the county they are located in achieves the “Yellow – Minimal – Tier 4.”
“We deeply appreciate Assembly Members Quirk-Silva and Valladares for their leadership and for introducing legislation on Safe Theme Park Reopening,” said Erin Guerrero, Executive Director, California Attractions and Parks Association.
“Worldwide, theme parks have proven they can reopen responsibly while protecting the health of guests and staff. Science and data show it can be done. California should allow theme parks to reopen responsibly in the Orange – Moderate – Tier 3.
“Nearly a year after parks closed in response to the pandemic, tens of thousands of employees remain out of work, while local businesses, communities surrounding theme parks, and local governments face ongoing negative consequences.
“COVID transmission rates are improving and the vaccination distribution is underway, yet California’s major theme parks have no timeline and no realistic pathway toward reopening if left in the ‘Yellow- Minimal – Tier 4’ of state guidance.
“California’s iconic theme parks are important economic drivers for the state and local regions. AB 420 is needed so theme parks can plan to reopen responsibly and get back to contributing to the economic recovery of our state.”
For more information about steps parks have taken so they will be ready to reopen responsibly, visit www.ReOpenCAAmusementParks.com.
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