Disneyland and Other California Theme Parks Can Reopen April 1

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Get your Mickey masks and walking shoes ready, Disneyland is allowed to open its gates to the public on April 1.

The park can reopen with capacity limits and mask mandates, as announced by state Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly.

As COVID-19 cases are lowering and more and more people are getting vaccinated, the state is ready to allow all other California amusement parks to also reopen, including California Adventure, Universal Studios, and Six Flags Magic Mountain, as well as sports and concert venues.

"We feel like now is the appropriate time to begin to reintroduce these activities in some fashion, and in a guarded way, in a slow and steady way," Ghaly said in a teleconference.

The California heath department is requiring "significantly reduced capacity, mandatory masking and other public health precautions" due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Depending on which county each amusement park is located in and the current number of COVID-19 cases, capacity will be limited to anywhere between 15 percent and 35 percent. Only people who live in California will be permitted to visit for now.

Disney Parks News tweeted a statement from Ken Potrock, president of Disneyland Resort, who said they are following safety protocols and can't wait to welcome guests and thousands of employees back to work.

For California-based Disney fans, April 1 can't come soon enough.