Good point. Parks like Disneyland and Knott’s have much more leverage now after being closed for over a year. Even had Anaheim practically begging Newsom to allow Disneyland to open after the devastation it was causing to businesses and residents.Once again though, I'd argue if California was in pre-covid aspects now, I do agree that they would probably of cracked down on Knotts, when it comes to the subject.
But with the state economy at the tourism level not being ideal? I can see people being a bit more leanient. Doesn't mean it still couldn't get the group reception, but from what I understand, these plans would've had to be put up towards scrutiny as it stands. Especially considering they have made multiple iterations.