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As the country and the world slowly start to reopen and normalcy begins to creep back into our lives, we are seeing huge spikes in Coronavirus in several areas across the United States, notably in Florida.
Florida seemed to have largely missed the majority of the virus back when the country first shut down in March and April but as people begin to flood beaches again, amusement parks begin to reopen and malls and resorts do the same, Florida has seen a massive spike in COVID-19 cases.
The Florida Department of Health reported that Florida saw 2,016 new coronavirus cases reported over a 24-hour period over the weekend. Two straight days of 2,000 plus cases of the virus and 12 consecutive days where the state reported over 1,000 new cases. This brings Florida’s total cases of COVID-19 75,568 as of Sunday, June 14.
Over a 48- hour period, Florida reported 4,597 new cases of the virus, the largest spike ever.
With Walt Disney World preparing to reopen their resorts and parks during a phased reopening period starting on June 22, could this cause Disney to remain shuttered?
We think no.
Since Disney announced the reopening of Disney Springs they have been adament through messaging both on property and over other communication forums that guests enter at their own risk and should they contract the virus they accept full responsibility for it.
We think this is one of the major reasons that despite the worrisome spike of coronavirus cases in the state of Florida, Disney will continue their phased reopening as scheduled.
In addition to the liability statement, Disney has released a laundry list of increased safety and health precautions to protect guests and castmembers. A few of the measures Disney is taking inlcude requiring masks of all people on property (with a few resort and restaurant exceptions), decreased capacity, reservations required for resorts and parks, canceling of fireworks, parades and character meet and greets and more. For a full list of what Disney is doing at their restaurants click HERE!
Although the parks and resorts may look a little different for a while, we are confident in Disney’s diligence in going the extra mile to protect guests and castmembers. Instead of rushing to reopen at the first possible opportunity, Disney took the time to reevaluate the uniqueness of their situation and the responsbility they have to the public and their employees as the leader in their industry. With the entire world watching, Disney has done their homework and continues to work on policies and procedures that make guests and castmembers feel safe.
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(Source: Florida Department of Health)