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Picture of Dr. Mark Ghaly, a bald-headed white man with transparent white glasses. He is standing in front of a tree in a gray suit with red/gray tie and white shirt. He is smiling and looking at the camera. WHITE TEXTt: Dr. Mark Ghaly, October 20, 2020. WHITE TEXT: Video made possible with support from Rosemary Wanis and Friends]
DEAF INTERPRETER: Hello, my name is Romduol. I will interpret Dr. Ghaly’s press conference from today, October 20, 2020.
DR. GHALY: Today’s presentation covered three key points: theme parks both small and large. Small theme parks such as the Santa Cruz Boardwalk or Funderland or a place for young children such as Fairland or Safari – all smaller theme parks where people usually go to have a good time on rides,or where they go to look at animals.
DR. GHALY: We also want to discuss bigger theme parks such as Disneyland which usually has a lot of people.
DR. GHALY: Also think of sports outdoor arenas that are open and have lots of places for people to sit and watch a game such as baseball or football. Keep in mind that these arenas can’t be closed in like basketball arenas, they must be open where you sit down and look up and see the sky.
DR. GHALY: My third topic today is about COVID-19 updates which I do every Tuesday.
DR. GHALY: Now back to our first topic on theme parks. We have different people who know a lot about business, medicine, science, pandemics, we all get together and developed guidelines for theme parks. For small theme parks like Santa Cruz Boardwalk, they can open but still limited to only if they are in a county that is in the orange code.
DR. GHALY: Still can’t have a full number of people still can only have 25% or ¼ of the usual number of people. You have to buy your tickets in advance online (can’t show up and buy your ticket there). The reason for ordering tickets online is so that everyone can answer health questions online before arriving such as do you feel sick, do you have a fever, and more. When you buy your ticket online, the theme park will have your name and information. The reason for this is suppose COVID-19 does spread at that theme park, they have everyone name in the system and can quickly contact everyone who was at the park that day and let them know that they were maybe exposed. Another restriction is for example Santa Cruz Boardwalk, ONLY people who live in the Santa Cruz area can buy tickets online and can go to the Boardwalk. But if you live in Sacramento you can’t go to Santa Cruz Boardwalk because you live far away. This is ONLY open for people who live in the same area as the theme park. Theme parks are only open for people who live closeby, not for people who are from out of town. We are doing this because your safety comes first.
DR. GHALY: For small or large parks/arenas, if they are in a county that is in the yellow code
All theme park may resume as long as the county is in the yellow tier. Disneyland, for example, can only open IF that county is yellow. Disneyland cannot open if that county is orange, red, or purple because it is a large theme park with people traveling from all over the country and all over the world to visit. With such a large place and large number of people, the virus can easily spread if someone has it. Which is different than smaller local theme parks which are usually visited by local people and have smaller numbers of visitors. With a smaller chance of spreading the virus. Therefore, bigger places like Disneyland has to be much more careful about when they open. Even with a yellow code, the guidelines are the same for yellow and orange. Smaller number of people can go, have to order tickets online in advance, answer health questions with your name and more. Once you enter the theme park you must wear a mask and keep it on all day except when eating and drinking.
DR. GHALY: For sports outdoor arenas, we have new guidelines set up. Again, arenas are limited to people who live within 120 miles from that place, they are the only ones who can buy tickets. Northern California can’t go to Southern California. You still hae to buy tickets in advance, give your name, wear a mask, all for safety as your safety is most important. When you enter, you will notice assigned seating with space to keep your distance. In the past when you go to the arena you could get up to buy a drink or food. Now you can’t do that. You have to wait for someone to come to you, bring you food/drink, you stay in your seat.
DR. GHALY: Tailgate parties are not allowed, having BBQ, drinks, food by your car in the parking lot is not allowed. This is not allowed period.
DR. GHALY: Now for a COVID-19 update. We are seeing some improvements. We have been using our website that collects information that helps us to predict what might happen with COVID-19 over th next two to three or four weeks. We can see if the numbers might go up in the future or go down. The numbers are showing us from the website that the numbers will go up in the next few weeks but predict that it will get worse just like it did in some other states.
If you want to look at the website yourself, go to calcat.covid19.ca.gov. On this website there are different icons you can click to give you information such as if COVID-19 spreading fast, slow, in a small area, or large area, etc. Take a look.
DR. GHALY: Here is our update on counties who have moved to a different color code. I am sad that Riverside and Shasta Counties have moved back up to the purple tier. They were red, and now they are back up to purple which means they did not improve.
DR. GHALY: We will work more closely with southern California including: Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino to work with them to keep the virus from becoming worse than it is now. That might mean giving them more PPE such as masks, face shields, gloves, gowns, etc. Maybe it means changing some of the guidelines so they can improve. Come up with isolation resources and encourage everyone to have a backup plan like family or friend who can help out if you happen to be sick or have the coronavirus but need a place to stay, food to eat, have errands to run like going to the bank, and more. We are also giving more tests in different areas to help bring numbers down because some of those area maybe don’t have enough tests and places where people can get tested. These are different ways we work with counties to get their numbers down.
DR. GHALY: Lastly, remind you again to wear a mask, social distancing, washing hand, avoid gatherings. Even if you don’t have the virus you still need to be careful. Because the virus is out there and easily spread. Again be careful, don’t socialize with too many people.
DR. GHALY: It’s winter season meaning flu season! Please get your flu shot to prevent the spread of flu. Thank you!
Picture of Dr. Mark Ghaly, a bald-headed white man with transparent white glasses. He is standing in front of a tree in a gray suit with red/gray tie and white shirt. He is smiling and looking at the camera.
Edited by Xgamil’s Photography & More. WHITE TEXT: Video made possible with support from Rosemary Wanis and Friends]