Just now, SeaWorld Orlando has proposed a reopening date.
Some smaller Orlando attractions like Fun Spot and Gatorland have already reopened, and Universal Orlando Resort has announced its parks will welcome back the general public on June 5th. Last week, SeaWorld Orlando ran tests of their Mako Coaster with masked riders, and now they have submitted a proposed date for reopening as well!
At this morning’s Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force meeting, SeaWorld announced it plans to reopen to on June 10th for an employee appreciation night and June 11th for the general public.
SeaWorld’s tentative reopening date still needs approval by Florida’s Governor Ron Desantis before it’s official.
SeaWorld also presented it’s new health and safety protocols upon the theme park’s reopening. These will include mandatory face masks for all employees and guests over the age of two as well as temperature screenings for everyone entering the park.
Additionally, social distancing markers will also be placed on the ground throughout the park (especially in areas where crowds are likely to form) while cleaning and sanitation practices will be ramped up. Employees will be receiving specific training on the park’s new safety procedures and are being instructed to stay home if they exhibit any flu-like symptoms.
SeaWorld will provide contactless entry to guests while the park’s restaurants will be rearranging seating to promote physical distancing between parties as they dine, and sanitizing tables and chairs after each group leaves. Condiment and topping stations will be closed while refillable items guests may have purchased previously will be substituted with single-use products. Shops will have defined entry and exit points while and certain animal viewing areas and exhibits will operate with social distancing markers and limited capacity.
Several Orlando-area theme parks have already reopened, as have many stores and restaurants at Disney Springs and CityWalk at Universal Orlando. Now it looks like SeaWorld will soon be joining the list of reopened Central Florida attractions pending the Governor’s final approval!
More details are being released at this time. We will update this post with all of those details.
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