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Coronavirus: Impact on Theme Parks

Too many people are thinking that as soon as the vaccine arrives, the whole pandemic will be over. The vaccine won't be the "silver bullet" we all want it to be so we can get on as everything did pre-pandemic. The logistical issue of vaccinating everyone in the world and the slim odds that the vaccine will be 100% effective. The seasonal flu vaccine is only 33% effective and is prioritised for the more elderly/vulnerable.

Not to mention those demographics don't really visit theme parks, the vast majority of people who visit parks are either families with children or those going with friends in often a 13-35 (generally) age group, so whilst they aren't likely to get COVID severely, it can spread the virus around still. Also there will enviably be those who think "I had the vaccine so I don't have to wear a mask and social distance" whilst still being a carrier of the virus and pass it onto others.

Also this virus has completely changed how businesses and institutions think about operations, we've seen it in the parks already, hotels and food venues (Work from Home, Online meetings/conferences too) streamlining operations to minimise exposure to the virus, often reducing wait times in the process (automating things in the process). Not to mention the economic depression that has just hit/is about to hit us, People will, under a tighter fiscal budget, cut expenditure and think about where their reduced amount of income (if any) gets spent, people will always prioritise having a roof over their heads and food in their bellies rather than getting on coasters for the 25th time this season. I know that there have been predictions of unemployment of 3.5m people, where I'm from (the UK), likely to be disproportionally effecting younger generations (ie the ones more likely to visit theme parks in the first place). Whilst the economy will bounce back eventually and COVID restrictions phased out, we're still miles of being out of the woods yet.

TL;DR The COVID vaccine won't be the "That's all folks" to this situation.
 

Nicky Borrill

Active Member
The logistical issue of vaccinating everyone in the world and the slim odds that the vaccine will be 100% effective.
It’s great to see the plan to ‘train more people.’ However We did some quick maths, even if 100,000 people are trained to vaccinate folk in the UK (not likely...) Each of those still has to vaccinate 670 people before we get everybody! That’s gonna take a LONG time.

You’re right to manage expectations, however I do think you may be playing down the impact a vaccine will have a little too much. Once at risk groups are vaccinated, I fully expect them to let the virus spread through the rest of society with just the basic ‘Hands, Face, Space’ restrictions in place for a long while after.

Don’t forget that Phase 3 trials cover a large sample tested against a placebo. So by the time a vaccine is authorised (and probably already to be honest) they’ll have a good idea of it’s efficacy.
 
If it's going to happen, please let it be "end of next month" rather than "end of this month". We really don't want anything that might give a last-minute boost to Trump's campaign.
It's this type of mantra that you hear (political benefit or political disadvantage over anything else - in this case potentially people's lives) I think makes people vote exactly for the one you don't want people to vote for.

I want the vaccine to become available asap.
Whoever wins the USA election is up to the American people and they will have to think about more than just Covid 19 I would have thought. Whoever wins, hopefully will not have to deal with this for much longer but instead will have to deal with mostly the economic consequences and perhaps healthcare in general. It will be tough regardless. I wouldn't want to do it and I personally don't think that either candidate deserves even a fraction of the abuse that is hurled at them from around the world.
 
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It's this type of mantra that you hear (political benefit or political disadvantage over anything else - in this case potentially people's lives) I think makes people vote exactly for the one you don't want people to vote for.

I want the vaccine to become available asap.
Oh come on; everyone wants a vaccine available as soon as possible. I was just expressing concern that a pre-election announcement might benefit the idiot-in-charge who politicized the virus in the first place.
 

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SeanC

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Anyone hoping for parks to reopen in California may want to be on the lookout for new state guidelines coming tomorrow.

Based on what came out today, there's a good chance we don't see the major parks open until late 2021/early 2022 unfortunately:

 
Based on what came out today, there's a good chance we don't see the major parks open until late 2021/early 2022 unfortunately:

Who needs a job if you live in California I guess.
 

Dar

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Big time! Well you can go if you get a covid test 48 hours before departure, so yeah, that's not great!


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Only until mid-November, then it's a 10 day quarantine for everybody, that can be cut short to 5 if you test negative on day 5!
 

JoshC.

Active Member
Forgive me for not including a direct source, but it's all over social media...

All Belgian parks have to now close. Zoos are excluded from the restrictions, but any indoor spaces at zoos do have to close.

Not sure exactly what that means for Bellewaerde, and whether they can something similar to what Kolmarden are doing. But in any case, still mass closures across the board.
 

Rein

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Not sure exactly what that means for Bellewaerde, and whether they can something similar to what Kolmarden are doing. But in any case, still mass closures across the board.
With the reopening of the parks earlier this year, zoos were already allowed to be open some weeks before. Bellewaerde opted not to open as zoo-only because it wasn't economically unfeasible. My guess is that they will do the same now.
 
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