With the exception of its Shanghai resort, Disney’s theme parks remain closed across the world. But its largest branch, Disneyworld Orlando, is about to begin a phased reopening.
On May 20th, Disney Springs, a shopping a dining complex adjacent to the main park, will open for the first time in months, as Florida lifts coronavirus-era lockdown measures. Employees have already received training on how to safely proceed with business, including extensive sanitation and physical-distancing guidelines.
But visitors to the district will also be obligated to follow safety standards. From the Disney Springs website, the following six steps will ensure the safety of all guests, employees, and cast members:
- Limited parking and reduced entrances.
- Temperature screenings prior to entry: Based on guidance from health authorities, anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 F or above will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance. Those with temperatures above 100.4 will not be allowed entry; those in their party will not be allowed entry either.
- Face coverings required for Guests ages 3 and up.
- Physical distancing practices including physically-distanced queues and physical barriers.
- Temporary operation modifications, including reduced hours at select locations and no scheduled entertainment offerings or high-touch interactive areas.
- An increased focus on disinfecting and sanitation, including the addition of hand-washing stations and hand sanitizers in key areas.
If you have been starved for some Disney interaction and you are in the Orlando area, you can head to Disney Springs as of Wednesday, as long as you bring your facial covering with you. While the added regulations may seem inconvenient, they will be temporary as long as everyone does their part to adhere to the rules. Violation could result in a covid-19 outbreak at Disney Springs, which would set-back the reopening altogether.