Guidelines for reopening Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando were included in the task force report released this week.
It's the "happiest place on earth" but right now the rides are still and the streets are silent, as Disney has closed all of its amusement parks worldwide to help limit the spread of COVID-19. But this week in Florida, the Orlando County Economic Recovery Task Force released its report detailing the steps many businesses will have to take once they are allowed to reopen, including amusement park giants Disney World and Universal Orlando.
The guidelines lay out a two-stage reopening process, though it doesn't include any indication of dates or timeline. In the first stage, parks would be allowed to operate at 50-percent capacity. They would also have to institute social distancing procedures, such as markers in queues indicating six-foot distance, integrate safety policies, such as masks for all employees and pre-shift temperature checks, and install touchless hand sanitizing stations. The second stage could begin once conditions further improve, and admissions could be increased to 75-percent capacity.
While these steps may take a while to implement, they were not designed without input from industry representatives. The task force, which met virtually, included 44 members, and Disney executives were among them. With reports surfacing from financial analysts indicating that Disney may not open for the rest of the year, this feels like a hopeful look towards a future where people can gather and enjoy the magic again.
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