It’s Time to Reopen Orange County


“We’re on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams” , Dara Maleki- Pizza Press

Karmel Shuttle Service, Mike Afram

When the Disneyland Resort closed in March, Mike Afram of Karmel Shuttle Service faced the most difficult day of his life: losing most of his business and his employees.

Big Bertha’s Pizza, Jocelyn Campos

Jocelyn manages her family’s business, Big Bertha’s Pizza, which has served Anaheim for 24 years. Since March, they have struggled to keep their doors open. If Disneyland Resort remains closed, Jocelyn’s family could be forced to lose everything they have worked so hard for.

Castle Inn, Bharat Patel

“I don’t think we can hold on much longer.” Since Castle Inn, across the street from Disneyland Resort, closed in March, Bharat has faced incredibly difficult days for his business and the livelihood of his employees.

Subway, Rick Cerney

Subway by Disneyland Resort went from being the highest-performing Subway location in Orange County to the lowest. Hear from manager Rick about why it is so important to get the resort area of Anaheim reopened.

Message from Todd Ament

President and CEO, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce

“The mass layoff announcement from Disney is tragic – and entirely forseeable to all of us who have been calling on Governor Newsom to do what he has inexplicably failed to do – issue theme park re-opening guidelines.”

The Disneyland Resort has been closed for more than 6 months. For the first six weeks of the closure, they paid their cast members – and continue to pay their health care benefits once forced to furlough them.

Disney has been ready to re-open since mid-July. Disney’s Florida theme parks have been operating safely since re-opening in July. 

Responsibility for Disney’s reluctant decision to lay-off more than 28,000 cast members lands squarely on the shoulders of Governor Newsom and those interests who have put their short-term agendas ahead of allowing cast members to return to work.”

There are 264,000 people out of work across Orange County. Countless businesses remain closed, some for good, and our cities see debt mounting by the millions every week.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our communities hard, much like the rest of the California. However, as the rest of the country begins to open up, the economic engines of the tourism industry here in Orange County remain closed. Our community is struggling, and we need Governor Newsom to issue theme park industry health and safety guidelines, NOW.

Government agencies and businesses have invested in infrastructure, safety protocols and operational training to ensure the health and welfare of employees, residents, and visitors. Many of these are already in place at Downtown Disney, the shopping and dining district adjacent to Disneyland, and at Disney theme parks around the globe that have already reopened.

There have been no COVID-19 outbreaks traced back to any of the 20 major theme parks that have been allowed to re-open elsewhere in the nation. It’s time to responsibly reopen our theme parks.

Ready to Take Action?

Our elected leaders need to hear your voice. You can help by clicking here to and sending this letter to Governor Newsom and the Orange County Board of Supervisors to move ahead, as quickly as possible, with the full, accelerated re-opening of Stage 3 business.

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