Last year, the pandemic caused the closure of every Disney park in the world. And some parks are still closed.
Although Disney World reopened last summer, the park is currently operating at limited capacity (which was recently raised from 25 to 35 percent), with new health and safety guidelines that include temperature checks upon entry into the park and a mask requirement for all guests over the age of two.
However, there is some news of change and normalcy being discussed. Two vaccines for the virus have already been approved by the FDA and many specific groups of people are beginning to get vaccinated. Now, during a White House Press Briefing, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has shared that he believes that 70 to 85 percent of U.S. adults could be vaccinated by the end of the summer.
Fauci also believes that this percentage of vaccinations could bring some normalcy to the U.S. by the end of fall. He said, “I believe by the time we get to the fall, we will be approaching a degree of normality. It’s not going to be perfectly normal, but one that I think will take a lot of pressure off the American public.”
However, Fauci also stressed this statement is based on a best-case scenario situation, where 85 percent of the U.S. population is vaccinated by the end of the summer. He believes the President’s plan of getting 100 million people vaccinated in 100 days is possible, though, although he expressed concern about people who might hesitate to get the vaccine.
He said, “The concern I have, and something we’re working on, is getting people who have vaccine hesitancy, who don’t want to get vaccinated — because many people are skeptical about that. So we really need to do a lot of good outreach for that.”
Getting back to some semblance of normalcy also depends on vaccine distribution, and so far, many states have had far different experiences — some have stated they have extra vaccines available, while others don’t have enough for demand. That, too, is something the President, Fauci, and his team are working on.
As more vaccines are distributed and the world beings to return to some sense of normal, we could start to see new COVID-19 rules and regulations in the Disney Parks lifted. We, of course, will be keeping you up to date on all of the Disney news, so you can better plan your next vacation.
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