We have a lot to cover in regards to Central Florida, Walt Disney World and the Orlando area. If you are planning a trip to Disney anytime soon or Florida in general, you are going to want to keep reading.
Let’s get started.
Masks on Property
DIsney has made an announcement regarding their mask policy. When Disney World reopened, the company announced that masks would be required for ALL guests at ALL times, everywhere on Walt Disney World porperty except when in designated areas actively eating or drinking or in specified relaxation areas.
Now that people are starting to get vaccinated, the question has become do those who have received the full vaccination need to wear masks? Yes. Yes you do.
Disney has updated their mask policy to say the following.
Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming. You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you must be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.The Walt Disney Company
To read up on all of the guidelines at Walt Disney World check click HERE!
White House Recommenations
Following a slight increase in COVID-19 cases in Florida, a White House Coronavirus Task Force Report has recommended that all Florida bars, indoor dining, gyms and any other indoor spaces be closed down to stop the spread. The report said that all places where masks are not worn 100% of the time should be closed down until numbers decrease.
The report was officially released on January 17 but was just recently made public following a public records request to the Florida Department of Health Department.
However, the report also shows the number of Floridians who died of the virus climbed 14% in the previos week but that new infections were down 5%, evidence that the winter holiday surge may have reached its peak.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has stated numerous times that he would not put the state into another lockdown and in fact has publicly threatened to intervene if local leaders try to restrict privately owned businesses from opening completely or tried to impose any restrictions.
Disney has made it clear they will operate on their own set of guidelines and is operating at limited capacity in resorts, parks and dining locations.
The B.1.1.7 Strain of COVID-19 in Florida
One of the new strains of COVID-19 has been found in Orange County. The B.1.1.7 strain, which originated in the United Kingdom was found in two people who visited Orange County. The people were from Florida’s Broward and Seminole County.
92 Confirmed cases of this strain have been found in Florida to date. There are two other known variants of the virus and those have not yet been discovered in Florida.
Dr. Vincent Hsu, an epidemiologist and AdventHealth’s infection control officer told the Orlando Sentinal that said the number of cases confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is only a subset of the total cases of that variant in the state.
On Friday, the CDC reported 50 known cases of the COVID variant in Florida, the number has now risen to 92.
“Almost undoubtedly, the fact that we have [50 cases] identified in Florida means that there are many more circulating that we don’t know about,” Hsu told the Orlando Sentinal. “We have to assume that there is significant transmission in Florida of this strain.”
Related: Travel to Florida. A Raw Review.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.