Last week, the Re-Open Florida Task Force, which included Josh D’Amaro, President of Walt Disney World, met daily to come up with recommendations for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on the state’s reopening.
Yesterday, Governor DeSantis shared that the state (with the exception of several southeastern counties) would be entering “phase one” of reopening starting on May 4th. Today, the recommendations that the Re-Open Florida Task Force sent to the governor were shared to the public.
During phase one, which will begin on May 4th, the theme parks are not able to re-open. Instead, the first phase will see a more gradual approach, starting with allowing retail stores and restaurants to open with 25% capacity. According to the Re-Open Florida Task Force report sent to the governor’s office, the members of the task force seemed to agree that theme park re-opening should not happen during this phase.
Instead, they recommended that theme park re-openings should begin starting in phase two. Specifically, the recommendation report states that “theme parks may consider re-opening with capacity limited, strict social distancing, and proper measures to clean and disinfect.”
From there, the recommendations for phase three would include theme parks returning to “normal operations with limited social distancing protocols.”
These recommendations largely line up with ideas that have been brought up in the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force as well, with discussion turning to the theme parks in the task force’s meeting earlier this week.
Currently, no timeline has been given for entering specific phases, with Governor DeSantis stating in a press conference that timing would be driven by data and “does not need to take months.”
It is important to note that, while the Re-Open Florida Task Force did have members representing the theme parks, including Disney World, there has been no official word from the theme parks as for re-opening dates or procedures. Currently, Disney World is still listed as closed until further notice, and recently have begun cancelling reservations into mid and late May. While these recommendations were outlined in a report to the governor, they do not represent the specific guidelines of the Orlando theme parks.
We will continue to bring updates from Florida on their re-opening, along with updates from the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force who are still meeting daily.
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