Disney World to reopen restaurants and entertainment areas this month

Disney World will reopen its restaurants and entertainment areas with COVID-19 safety measures later this month but will hold off on theme parks and hotels

  • Walt Disney World plans to reopen its restaurant and entertainment area later this month with coronavirus safety measures in place
  • Disney Springs, an outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment complex that covers about 120 acres by May 20
  • All of Disney World has been shuttered since March because of coronavirus pandemic
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Walt Disney World plans to reopen its restaurant and entertainment area later this month, though the theme parks and hotels will remain closed.

Disney Springs vice president Matt Simon posted Thursday on the official Disney Parks blog that the area will reopen May 20 with enhanced safety measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

Those measures include 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.

 Walt Disney World plans to reopen its restaurant and entertainment area later this month, though the theme parks and hotels will remain closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The empty entrance to the Florida resort is pictured at the start of the pandemic

‘Following the guidance of government and health officials, a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during this initial phase,’ Simon said.

The post didn’t say which businesses would open first. Disney Springs is an outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment complex that covers about 120 acres (49 hectares) at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney World closed in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, Florida has had 38,820 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which has been blamed for 1,599 deaths. 

Across the country, there have been 1,292,608 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which has been blamed for 76,718 deaths. 

Guidelines have been drawn up for how Disney World will reopen, requiring visitors wear face masks, undergo temperature checks and social distancing. 

Hand sanitizer dispensing points will be set up at every ride.

That’s according to guidelines drawn up by the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force, which has been charged with plotting the Florida area’s route to normality.  

The plan would include specific rules, which could be implemented at large-scale theme parks in the area, such as Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando.

In phase one of the reopening, parks would only be permitted to run at 50 per cent capacity and tape markings six feet apart would be required to show where guests would have to stand in lines, reports Disney news site WDW News Today.

All employees at the parks would have to wear face masks and undergo temperature checks with any staff recording a reading of 100.4F/38C or above sent home. 

Touchless hand-sanitizer dispensers would be required at ticket gates, turnstiles and the entrance and exit of every attraction.

If all goes well and coronavirus cases in the area continue to decrease, phase two of the reopening will begin and parks will be allowed to run at 75 per cent capacity.

The task force has also laid out guidelines for the reopening of hotels and restaurants, which would also affect Walt Disney World. 

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