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A.M. Brief: State Announces Reopening Guidance For Theme Parks, Big and Small

October 21, 2020 by Brian Champlin
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Photo Credit: Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Yesterday, California announced reopening guidance for theme parks, but folks hoping to go to Disneyland or Universal Studios in 2020 probably aren’t going to be happy. Also this morning: A motion to rename a DTLA street after Kobe Bryant, construction on the Sixth Street Bridge continues, and a fatal hit-and-run on the 110 Freeway.

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Fans, businesses, and local officials hoping to see the state’s biggest theme parks reopen are going to have to wait a bit longer. Yesterday, California announced its reopening guidelines for theme parks and, as promised, it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. Smaller parks, like Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier, can reopen once their county reaches Tier 3. However, only 500 visitors will be allowed at a time. Larger parks, such as Disneyland, Universal Studios, or Six Flags, may only resume operations once their counties reach Tier 4 (minimal spread) of the state’s reopening guidelines. Currently, Orange County remains in the red tier (second most restrictive) and L.A. is still in purple (most restrictive). [NBC Los Angeles]

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Here’s a handy site that visualizes the reopening critiera data for all of California’s counties. Currently, Los Angeles County has met the criteria for moving into the red tier for… zero weeks. Specifically, our county can’t seem to get its case rate to below 7 cases per 100,000 residents for even one week.

The Sixth Street Viaduct came down in 2016, but progress on its replacement has been speeding along. Now, the new bridge is taking shape as formwork on the arches began earlier this month. The project is slated for completion by Summer 2022. [The Eastside]

A 3-mile stretch of Figueroa in downtown L.A. could be renamed after Kobe Bryant, per a new motion being considered by the L.A. City Council. [CBS Los Angeles]

A contractor for Caltrans was struck and killed in a hit-and-run just after midnight this morning on the 110 Freeway near West 3rd Street in downtown L.A. The worker was attempting to close down a collector ramp when, according to police, an SUV hit him then took off without stopping. [ABC 7]

Remember a few weeks ago when L.A. Comic Con announced they were moving forward with an in-person event scheduled for the second week in December? Yeah, that got canceled. [Hollywood Reporter]

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