California health officials have set new rules that will allow Disneyland and other theme parks, stadiums and outdoor entertainment venues to reopen as early as April 1, after a closure of nearly a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But the return of Mickey Mouse to the “Happiest Place on Earth” and live spectators to the Californian ball parks of America’s favourite pastime still come with major caveats.
Theme and amusement parks would be permitted to restart on April 1 with severely limited capacity, but only if the counties where they operate are removed from the “purple” tier of California’s colour-coded Covid restrictions, the system’s most stringent classification.
Masks and other safety measures would still be required, and the parks initially would be open only to state residents. Attendance would range from 15-35pc of normal capacity.