As Walt Disney World Resort remains closed until further notice in light of the current global health situation, discussions are already in progress with regards to reopening the economy for the state of Florida. We have been following the discussions of the Re-Open Florida Task Force, which is focusing on businesses all over the state.
Walt Disney World is specifically located in Florida’s Orange and Osceola counties, and this week the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force is sharing their discussions via live streams on Orange TV. Today’s discussion explored the reopening of the county’s businesses, which include, of course, theme parks and restaurants.
Unicorp National Development president Chuck Whittall spent a moment sharing a “working draft to build upon” which shared potential guidelines and mandates that may come into play upon the reopening of businesses.
Regarding theme parks, a recognition was shared that there are size differences in the Orange County theme parks (for instance, locations like Gatorland and Fun Spot are considered “Small Theme Parks” while Walt Disney World and Universal are designated as “Large”).
Proposed guidelines for the large theme parks include tape markings designating guests to stand 6 feet apart in queues, and workers to regularly wipe surfaces “at random.” It is also suggested that vulnerable populations (guests 65 and older, for instance) would remain home in Phases 1 and 2 (as defined under recently presented federal guidelines).
Proposed mandates for large parks might require all park employees to wear face masks, and have their temperature taken before each shift (all employees with flu-like symptoms would be advised to stay home). Touchless hand sanitizer is suggested to be available at each ticket entry and turnstile as well as every ride entrance and exit.
A wipe down of railings and surfaces would take place after each use. And large theme parks, under these potential mandates, would operate at 50% capacity during Phase 1, and 75% during Phase 2.
Restaurant mandates may include hand sanitizer at every table, and the possibility of disposable menus would be encouraged (though not required). Sanitizer might be at the restaurant entry “in plain sight,” with doors wiped down regularly.
As with the theme park suggestions, all employees could have temperatures taken before their shift, with staff behind the counter potentially required to wear gloves (except for bartenders, who would sanitize hands between every drink order). Capacity suggestions are similar to theme parks (50% during Phase 1 and 75% during Phase 2), with a suggestion of tables placed 6 feet apart specific to restaurants.
We’ll be following further discussions by the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force, so stay tuned. Remember, these are suggested guidelines — not confirmed.
To find out more about how the global situation is currently impacting Disney Parks around the globe, you may visit any of the links below.
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