Floirda Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Friday that the state will be moving into full Phase 3 of their reopening plan. This includes lifting all limitations on restaurants effective immediately.
“We’re not closing anything going forward,” DeSantis said when pressed about the states preparedness to handle an increase in positive cases again. DeSantis also said municipalities must justify rules limiting restaurant capacity between 50-100%. “Every business has a right to operate… you can’t just say ‘no’ after six months and have people twisting in the wind,” he said.
According to the new order from DeSantis, if a local government Covid-19 emergency order limiting restaurant to less than 100% of its indoor capacity but above 50%, the government must explain why the limitation is necessary for public health and quantify the economic impact of the limits.
Phase 3 of Florida’s Reopening Plan does suggest restaurants have some social distancing protocols and take sanitation precautions.
“Businesses should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation. Menus, if laminated, should continue to be cleaned after each usage. Paper menus shall be designed for single use and then disposed of immediately after use,” the plan says.
Disney, obviously is a part of Florida but they are also private property and operate as their own municipality. Disney has made it quite clear following the move to phase 3 that they will continue to operate with their own policies and procedures in place, irregardless of what the rest of the state is doing.
We received the Governor’s executive order and are evaluating it to determine what it may mean for our business. We are not making any immediate changes. As a reminder, face coverings are still required at Walt Disney World Resort.Walt Disney World
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings states he was disappointed he did not know about DeSantis’ executive order prior to the press conference Friday. Here’s what he had to say.
“As we deal with this pandemic, everything happens at a local level, this is where the rubber meets the road. And in order for us to be effective at dealing with the virus, we have to have good communications across the state,” Demings said, adding that his office received calls from “numerous businesses” seeking clarity following the governor’s statements.”It really isn’t a good look for government, when we are not all on the same sheet of music and so I just hope that the government does better with that,”Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings
It is important to remember that if you are traveling to Walt Disney World, if you are on Disney property, you will need to follow Disney’s rules. Stay tuned for any changes Disney may decide to make regarding Walt Disney World parks and resorts moving forward following the announcement from The Governor including the reopening of additional dining locations.
As we previously stated, Disney’s mask order remains in effect and they reserve right of refusal to any guest found not in compliance with their policies.