November 2, 2020

Mayors Call on Governor to Modify Guidelines and Allow Responsible Reopening of CA’s Major Theme Parks

Sacramento – Eight California mayors sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom urging him to reconsider guidelines issued for California large theme parks that would effectively keep parks closed indefinitely.

In their letter to Governor Newsom the mayors said:

“The guidelines put forth by your Administration were released within the framework of prioritizing public health and safety for guests and employees. This is the right focus. However, economic and public health are not mutually exclusive goals. We are concerned that the state’s guidelines would push re-opening of large theme parks up to a year out, which would have significant negative impacts on hundreds of thousands of jobs, thousands of small businesses, and billions in operating revenue for
our cities.”

The letter was signed by:

  • Mayor Harry Sidhu of Anaheim
  • Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles
  • Mayor Kevin Faulconer of San Diego
  • Mayor Sam Liccardo of San Jose
  • Mayor Lee Brand of Fresno
  • Mayor Karen Goh of Bakersfield
  • Mayor Rusty Bailey of Riverside
  • Mayor Miguel Pulido of Santa Ana

The mayors are part of the Big City Mayor’s Coalition and represent some of California’s largest cities. They urged Governor Newsom to allow large theme parks to open in Tier Three with reduced capacity, rather than in Tier Four, and asked the Newsom Administration to work with city leaders on protocols for reopening theme parks while maintaining a health-first focus.

The mayors’ letter is attached.

Contact: Erin Guerrero