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Disneyland in California may reopen soon after a very long year

In mid-March 2020, California’s Disneyland closed amid a then-new policy about mass gatherings intended to curb the spread of COVID-19. A very long year later, Disney has said that it will soon reopen Disneyland in California after the state revealed that it will allow certain venues to reopen starting on April 1.

The announcement was made by Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock in a statement published to the official Disney Parks News Twitter account. In the statement, Potrock notes that the company has already implemented’ safety protocols’ in its parks globally and that it ‘can’t wait’ for the reopening.

The company doesn’t yet have a reopening date for its California Disneyland destination, but Potrock notes that it’ll be back with those details soon. The resort is located in Orange County, California, where the park and similar places will only be able to reopen once they reach a ‘red tier’ threshold regarding COVID-19 cases.

The county is currently at the higher purple tier, but is expected to reach the red tier soon. With current projections, public health officials in California expect Orange County will reach the red threshold by early next week, potentially putting them on the track for a redesignation from purple to red before the end of the month.

This assumes, of course, that the county doesn’t experience a resurgence in cases, which would throw off the projections and may result in the country remaining purple. The news comes amid the US’s growing COVID-19 vaccination rate, which has seen millions of doses administered with many more coming over the next couple of months.

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Apple requires masks and temperature checks as U.S. stores begin to reopen

If the Apple Store near you is planning to reopen this week, it won’t be business as usual. Apple has implemented a series of guidelines to keep customers and employees safe as it navigates a world still reeling from the effects of the coronavirus.

First and foremost, Apple is requiring face coverings “for all of our teams and customers,” which will be provided if needed. Additionally, temperature checks will be conducted at the entrance and “posted health questions will screen for those with symptoms—like cough or fever—or who have had recent exposure to someone infected with COVID‑19.”

Apple will also be following social distancing guidelines, so the stores will be a lot less crowded than they usually are. Apple will be limiting occupancy and everybody lots of room, while adhering to strict “one‑on‑one, personalized service at the Genius Bar and throughout the store.”

For those who don’t want to enter the store, Apple will be expanding its store pick-up options to include curb‑side pick‑up and drop off. And finally, it will be “conducting enhanced deep cleanings that place special emphasis on all surfaces, display products, and highly trafficked areas.”

Apple has been taking a central role in the coronavirus pandemic, developing a screening app with Google and donating millions to support communities and health workers. Furthermore, Apple has sourced “more than 30 million masks and 10 million custom‑built face shields for doctors and nurses,” and partnered with health manufacturers to deploy “more than a million testing kits per week.”

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