Today, Disney announced that Disney Springs in Disney World would partially reopen beginning May 20th.
This news came just two days after the company shared that Shanghai Disneyland would reopen with new health and safety measures on May 11th. Now, Walt Disney World President, Josh D’Amaro has sent out an email sharing information on the partial reopening of Disney Springs. The biggest difference we’re seeing from the initial information released by the company earlier involves the language used when discussing face coverings.
The first portion of the email reads as follows.
Following recent state and local guidelines permitting the reopening of some Florida businesses, we’ve seen a strong interest in what our next steps may be. As we plan for the future, we’re keeping the health and well-being of both our cast members and our guests at the forefront of planning efforts.
Today, I’m pleased to share that we’re preparing for a phased reopening of select locations owned by third-party operating participants in the Disney Springs shopping and dining district, starting on May 20. We continue to monitor conditions and look forward to welcoming each of our guests back with enhanced health and safety measures in place including the changes below:
- Limited capacity based on Florida state and local guidelines
- Appropriate physical distancing
- Requiring both our cast members and guests to wear face coverings
- Additional cast safety training with a focus on limited-contact guest services and enhanced cleaning procedures”
When Disney Parks Blog released the info earlier today it read as, “Disney Springs will begin to reopen in a way that incorporates enhanced safety measures, including increased cleaning procedures, the use of appropriate face coverings by both cast members and guests, limited-contact guest services and additional safety training for cast members.”
Now, Josh D’Amaro has clarified that the face coverings will indeed be required by both Cast Members and guests.
Shanghai Disneyland is implementing similar measures when it comes to face coverings. You can read more about the health and safety measures being implemented in Shanghai here.
We will continue to keep you updated as more information regarding the parks and the new health and safety measures are announced.