Reopening guidelines for California are being updated to reflect vaccinations as well as pre-existing criteria, which may result in Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure being allowed to open earlier than previously expected. The two Disney Parks in California have been closed for almost an entire year.
Orange County, where Disneyland is located, is currently in the “purple” tier, and will now be able to move down to the “red” tier when their case rate of COVID-19 reaches 10 per 100,000. Previously, that tier jump was only allowed when a case rate of 7 per 100,000 was achieved. With the administration of 2 million vaccine doses to California’s hardest hit communities, 1.6 million of which have already been distributed, Orange County is now only a few decimal points shy of reaching the new case rate goal.
Additional updates to the reopening guidelines have been promised once 4 million vaccine doses have been administered by the state to the areas of California hardest hit by COVID-19.
California Governor Newsom recently issued a statement about his state’s COVID-19 vaccination process:
” With more vaccines online and administered, California is now in a position to take steps toward ending this pandemic by keeping our guard up and by vaccinating those Californians most at risk and most exposed. Vaccinating our most impacted communities, across our state, is the right thing to do and the fastest way to end this pandemic.”
With 40% of California’s vaccine supply to be distributed to the communities hardest-hit by the virus, Newsom noted that more than 9.5 million Californians have already received at least one dose of the vaccine.
After reaching the “red” tier last fall for several weeks, Orange County fell back to the “purple” tier in mid-November. In late February, LA County voted in favor of a bill to allow Disneyland to reopen in the third, “orange” tier of Governor Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.