ANAHEIM (CBSLA/AP) – Disneyland and other large theme parks will not required to comply with California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order against large gatherings to counter the spread of COVID-19.

Newsom said California public health officials issued an updated policy saying “non-essential” gatherings such as sporting events, concerts and conferences should be postponed or canceled until at least the end of March.

At a news conference Thursday, Gavin said Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Universal Studios Hollywood, and other large theme parks, theaters and casinos are exempted from his order against gatherings of 250 people or more due to coronavirus due to the “complexity of their unique circumstances”, but discussions remain ongoing.

Hours after Newsom’s statement, however, Disney announced both Disneyland and California Adventure parks will be closed starting March 14.

The governor also suggested guidance on limiting large gatherings is likely to extend beyond March and will affect pro baseball games.

While he acknowledged California’s legal authority is limited when it comes to enforcement, Newsom said he expects people to adopt the recommendations.

There are now a total of four coronavirus-related deaths  and nearly 200 cases statewide, Newsom said. He is calling on the federal government to make more COVID-19 testing kits available.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments (26)
  1. Jon says:

    Ridiculous. Extremely selfish and stupid behavior leaving Disneyland open. Money over public health.

  2. Raul Rubio says:

    Because. This. Makes. Sense.

  3. Vicki says:

    How much did Disney pay to the Governor to let them stay open? This is the most ridiculous thing – out of all the places, Disneyland – the place that attracts people from all over the US and world!! Disneyland should be closed – or the very least provide the Annual Passholders with a refund and/or an extension during the time that the virus is an issue. Money over public health for sure!! IF the CDC is saying avoid crowded areas then Disneyland needs to provide something to its pass holders by means of an extension or refund! Disneyland is a hotbed for getting this virus passed around!!

    1. Kneejerk says:

      Panic a bit more, Karen

  4. James says:

    Why doens’t disneyland set an example and not think about always making money!??

    1. Garrett says:

      What about the thousands of people that rely on Disney being open to provide them with a paycheck so they may provide for their families? Closing Disneyland (which they have now announced they will) will cause havoc in the local economy.

  5. Humphrey says:

    Do you realize how many people in casinos have family or relatives that travel frequently from the country of origin?

  6. AL says:

    HIGHLY IRRESPONSIBLE !!! We will remember this, Disneyland !! You have attendees from all over the country and WORLD !! How idiotic, selfish, and a complete disregard for your employees and public health. Disgusting !

  7. Anthony says:

    Now you know who funded his campaign when he ran for Governor. The Casinos I really don’t understand, there’s a lot of elderly people that go to Casinos, from a virus standpoint, that makes no sense whatsoever. Besides the money the Casino will lose, but come on, lives are at stake here. Especially anyone older than 60 years.

  8. Carol E says:

    How could anyone believe anything Newsom says? This is the most idiotic statement yet. How much are these “exempted” groups giving Newsom for his next campaign?

  9. daniel c says:

    Crazy Newsom

  10. Informed says:

    This is a UNION thing–they don’t want members to lose work. Disney and large theaters are union shops with huge union exposure if they are shut down.

  11. Lee Jones says:

    Disneyland is closing.

  12. Mark D says:

    If we would remain calm then one might read the rest of the article and discover that Disneyland took the step to self impose a quarantine on their operations. Give people a chance to make a contemplative decision without bullying them into it. It works better for all of us in the long run. Disney did the right thing and needs to be recognized for it.

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