SeaWorld and Legoland trim operations as San Diego moves backward in coronavirus fight – Orange County Register
SeaWorld San Diego and Legoland California will be forced to reclose their indoor aquarium exhibits after San Diego County moved into a stricter COVID-19 tier in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
San Diego County’s backward move into the state’s most restrictive purple/widespread tier 1 risk level starting on Saturday, Nov. 14 will shutter indoor aquarium exhibits at SeaWorld and Legoland.
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Large California theme parks such as SeaWorld San Diego and Legoland California remain closed and are unlikely to return to full operation until early 2021 or next summer under COVID-19 health and safety reopening guidelines issued by the state.
SeaWorld and Legoland have partially reopened without amusement rides for shopping and dining.
SeaWorld San Diego had been able to reopen indoor animal exhibits under the state’s zoo and aquarium COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. SeaWorld will temporarily close indoor animal exhibits due to San Diego County’s backward slide into the purple/widespread tier 1. SeaWorld’s outdoor animal exhibits and outdoor stadium shows will remain open.
SeaWorld San Diego’s Christmas Celebration runs on select dates from Nov. 13 to Jan. 4.
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Legoland California will temporarily close its separate admission Sea Life Aquarium next to its Carlsbad theme park following San Diego County’s slide into the purple/widespread tier 1
Legoland will host a holiday event on select dates from Nov. 20 to Jan. 10.
The first California amusement park to reopen under the state’s COVID-19 guidelines has also been forced to reclose again after only one weekend of operation following a rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the surrounding area.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk reclosed after Santa Cruz County moved back to the red/substantial tier 2 risk level. The Beach Boardwalk reopened roller coasters and thrill rides on Nov. 7 and 8 after the county briefly moved into the orange/moderate tier 3 risk level.