How Disneyland is taking omicron precautions

I’ve been writing about COVID-19 precautions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure for so long now that I often forget that people are still heading to the Anaheim theme parks for the first time since the pandemic closure and wondering what to expect.

I decided to pull together all my COVID-19 health and safety tips and advice into one concise package that goes over everything you need to know about visiting Disneyland right now as the omicron variant causes a spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

I got an email the other day from a father who wanted to know if Disneyland had updated its mask policy to reflect the record number of COVID-19 cases and higher rate of transmission with the omicron variant. The family was planning a trip to Disneyland with their young children who aren’t eligible to be vaccinated yet and he wanted to make sure they would be safe.

I also got a call from a woman with multiple medical issues that have compromised her immune system who had just gotten back from Disneyland and was surprised at what she described as the park’s lax COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Here’s what I told them and what I would tell anybody who asks.

The first thing I would say is you don’t have to go to Disneyland right now — no matter how much you want to or your kids beg you. If you’re not ready, stay home. Disneyland has been there for 67 years and will almost certainly be there for another 67 years. The pandemic will eventually end and you can visit Disneyland when health officials give the all-clear sign.

Is Disneyland going to change its mask policy?

Probably not. Don’t expect Disneyland to update its mask policy or other COVID-19 health and safety protocols unless health officials require theme parks to do so.

Disneyland follows guidelines set forth by California and Orange County health officials — and those guidelines haven’t changed dramatically in the past few weeks as omicron-related cases have spiked. If state or county COVID-19 protocols change, Disneyland will adapt and align the park’s policies with those mandated by local health officials.

Disneyland requires masks indoors on rides and in shops, but not outdoors — which is the majority of the park. Masks are also required on enclosed buses, monorails and transportation vehicles. Disneyland employees politely and persistently remind visitors to put on their masks while they are indoors.

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The No. 1 priority since the beginning of the phased reopening of the Disneyland resort has been the health and safety of cast members and guests, according to Disneyland officials. Disneyland has implemented a multi-pronged approach to the COVID-19 pandemic following the guidance of government health agencies and the recommendations of Disney’s team of health and safety experts, according to Disneyland officials.

Disneyland is no longer required to enforce social distancing on rides, in queues or during shows. Those requirements went away in June when California dropped …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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