In light of recent events, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has announced a statewide ban of on-premises alcohol consumption at bars, effective immediately.
Since we’re currently at Disney Springs, we’ve been able to speak with a few Cast Members to see what implications this order has on Disney World.
Earlier this week, we reported the National Basketball Players Association and NBA had finalized their plans to finish their 2019-2020 season at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
But despite having all of their terms agreed to by Disney as well as the NBA executives and athletes, worry seems to be looming over the resumptive games.
The global health crisis continues to require significant regulation around the United States.
With cases on the rise in Florida, we recently saw a new travel advisory put in place for entering and leaving the state. Now, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has announced a statewide ban of on-premises alcohol consumption at bars.
We know there’s been some confusion over the 14-day self-quarantine order which requires all New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut residents traveling to Florida to self-quarantine for two weeks upon entry into the state, which, at time of press, is still in effect.
And we already know Disney World is taking every precaution to ensure its guests aren’t experiencing any symptoms of illness and requiring all resort guests regardless of which state they’re coming from to complete a Health Acknowledgment prior to their stay.
After being shuttered for many months, Florida is well into Phase One of its gradual reopening.
Just yesterday, we saw several third-party restaurants and shops resume business at Disney Springs and last week Universal Studios’ CityWalk took its first reopening steps. But while Disney and Universal-owned hotels and theme parks will remain closed until further notice, some vacation rental properties in the area have just been given the green light to start reopening.
As of now, Orlando area theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando have not announced reopening dates.
Universal Orlando’s CityWalk and Disney Springs have reopened certain retail and dining locations to guests and SeaWorld is performing test runs of their coasters with masked riders — but none of these companies have shared a timeline for reopening their theme parks.
Although Florida public schools remained closed through the end of the spring semester, some Florida universities are already inching towards re-opening.
No official dates have been announced yet, but select universities are planning on re-opening for the Fall 2020 semester.
Although Disney Springs is set to begin a phased re-opening tomorrow, May 20th, and Universal Orlando’s CityWalk has re-opened to the public, Florida’s major theme parks still remain closed.
No opening dates have been announced for Disney World, Universal Orlando, or SeaWorld Orlando, but SeaWorld appears to already be prepping for guests to return.