Florida relies heavily on the tourism industry, and the pandemic greatly affected travel to the state. However, as more people become vaccinated and travel increases again, the tourism industry is slowly returning to normal.
Things continue to evolve as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
As vaccines continue to be distributed across the United States, states are looking at how they may ease restrictions to slowly make their way back to normalcy. And today, the CDC relaxed guidelines for outdoor mask wearing. However, Florida’s State of Emergency remains in place — and in fact, that order was just extended.
Another week has gone by for Disney parks around the world and we’ve got LOTS of updates!
Disney has updated its rules about what could get a guest kicked OUT of some of its parks. We’ve got an update on when a VERY popular Disney World show will be returning. There have been some changes when it comes to refillable drink stations and much more! So join us now to see the 7 Disney news stories from this week that you NEED to know about!
Disney World mask policies are constantly changing, and recently the rule about face masks during outdoor pictures has eased up a bit.
Recently, Mayor Demings commented on when the mask mandate could end in the state, and we recently got more information on when mask and social distancing rules may change in Florida.
We’ve gotten quite a few updates about cruising lately and a look at some changes that could be on the way.
Not too long ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared their next phase of requirements for cruise lines, the Florida Governor filed a lawsuit over cruise restrictions, and we shared how Carnival Cruise Line is looking to resume cruises this summer. Now, Florida’s U.S. Senators have taken action regarding the cruising industry.
Orange County, Florida, where Disney World is located, currently has a mask mandate in place. Recently, the Orange County Mayor, Mayor Jerry Demings, commented about when the mask mandate may end. Today we got more updates from Mayor Demings about when mask mandates and social distancing rules may start to change.
We’ve been sharing lots of updates about the upcoming Brightline rail service that’s expanding its service in Florida.
Once completed, the high-speed train’s newest route will be able to bring guests directly to Disney Springs from Orlando International Airport. The train also connects to spots in Southern Florida, like Miami, Boca Raton, and more. We’ve speculated how much the train will cost, reported its projected timeline, and now, we’re getting a closer look at the progress it’s made!
The cruise industry has been at a standstill due to the ongoing pandemic.
Cruises leaving the U.S. are currently grounded — the Disney Cruise Line, for example, has canceled all departures through June. And while the CDC recently released another phase of its Framework for Conditional Sailing Order, which provides updated guidance for cruise ships’ return, the Florida governor has threatened to file a lawsuit against the public health agency. Now, that lawsuit has become a reality.
Recently, we’ve seen changes made to Disney’s face mask policy regarding dining and we’ve seen stickers added to photo spots in Disney World reminding guests to keep their masks on.
At the moment, there is a face mask mandate in Orange County, Florida, where part of Disney World is located. And now the Mayor of Orange County has commented on when that mandate might be lifted.
As the situation with the pandemic and COVID-19 vaccine develops, we’ve seen a number of changes made.
Recently, we shared how more individuals in Florida will soon become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and how vaccine passports may be required for travel and more this summer. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis previously indicated that he would ban vaccine passports in Florida, and now he has taken further action to do so.