Disneyland installs COVID-19 temperature tents for Downtown Disney reopening

Disneyland is putting the finishing touches on new health and safety precautions at the entrances to Downtown Disney as the Anaheim theme park prepares to reopen the outdoor shopping mall later this week.

Temperature screening tents have been installed on the east and west side entrances prior to security before guests enter the Downtown Disney District, according to Disneyland officials.

Work crews have begun installing white temporary tents just outside the east security entrance to Disneyland. A covered walkway leading to a large tent was visible from Harbor Boulevard.

Downtown Disney is set to reopen on Thursday, July 9 with additional health and safety measures including face masks, temperature checks, reduced attendance, social distancing and enhanced sanitization. An employee preview of the reopened outdoor shopping mall will be held on Wednesday, July 8.

Downtown Disney along with Disney’s two Anaheim theme parks and three hotels have been closed since mid-March amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new Disneyland tents appear similar to the temperature screening tents installed at reopened Disney parks in China and Japan and soon-to-reopen parks in France and Florida.

Temperature screening tents set up outside the gates to Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland allowed theme park staff to scan hundreds of visitors per minute as fans streamed through the temporary structures.

New blue signs attached to light posts at the entrance to Disneyland advised visitors of health and safety protocols mandating face masks, temperature screenings and social distancing. Additional signs warned visitors of the inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 while visiting the Disneyland resort.

The reopening of Downtown Disney comes more than six weeks after the state allowed shopping malls in Orange County to resume operations in late May amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since then, Disneyland has announced and been forced to delay a proposed reopening date while the state has reinstated prohibitions on indoor dining and reclosed bars in O.C. amid an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

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