The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force met today to discuss initial guidelines for reopening Orlando theme parks, including the Walt Disney World Resort.
The question of the moment is when will things go back to normal and will we go back to our daily lives and vacations? Unfortunately the truth is that nobody knows!
And another important point is that things will probably not return to normal overnight and we will go through several changes in that period, some of which are listed here in this post.
Other covered industries include hotels, bars and restaurants, with a distinction drawn between smaller theme parks (like Gatorland, for example) and larger theme parks like Walt Disney World and Universal orlando.
The Mayor Demings also noted that a reopening in June would be "more realistic" than a reopening in May due to ongoing supply chain problems.
Below we’ll take a look at some of the guidelines and what we can expect for the first opening stages.
Hotel guidelines state that, during Phase 1, cleaning services must be limited and allow minimal exposure for guests and staff.
The hotels and resorts should also encourage mobile check-in, something we’ve already seen being slowly implemented in the My Disney Experience app for upcoming hotel reservations Walt Disney World Resort.
Room service will follow the new “contactless delivery” protocols, leaving items at each guest's door.
In-room service items, such as glasses, coffee cups, mini-fridges and coffeemakers, must be removed.
Own parking must also be provided.
In addition to the non-contact hand sanitizer at all points of entry, all sanitation and cleaning must be increased throughout the property.
All employees must wear face masks, with temperature checks before their shifts. Front tables must use splash protection.
The restaurants they only offer paper or disposable menus and encourage online purchasing and / or ordering as much as possible.
As always, non-contact hand sanitizer should be available at all entry points and on all tables.
All employees must wear face masks, with temperature checks prior to their shifts.
All doors must be cleaned regularly, and bartenders must wash their hands after each drink order.
Seated tables must be set up six feet apart.
During Phase 1, the capacity of the restaurant and bar will be limited to 50%.
During Phase 2, the capacity of the restaurant and bar will be limited to 75%.
Theaters will follow similar guidelines, with contactless hand sanitizer available at all points of entry and all employees required to wear face masks, with temperature checks before their shifts.
Rails, cup holders and seats must be cleaned before each film, and the team must leave the doors open until the beginning of the film and open the doors 2 minutes before the end of the film.
During Phase 1, parties of up to 4 people will be allowed, with 2 chairs between each party.
During Phase 2, parties of up to 6 people will be allowed, with 1 seat between each party.
Malls / Retail
The shopping malls and retailers will follow similar guidelines, with contactless hand sanitizer available at all points of entry and all employees required to wear masks.
Temperature checks by employees before shifts will be required for Interior Retail.
Within the pay lines, there must be markers to ensure that people are 1 meter away.
All worktops, rails and door surfaces must be cleaned regularly.
Theme parks (general)
For larger theme parks, the guidelines state that there should be markings on 6-foot tape in the walk lines, with the team cleaning the surfaces regularly. All employees must wear face masks and undergo temperature checks prior to their shift.
During Phase 1, parks can reopen at 50% of capacity.
Phase 2 will expand the capacity to 75%.
Elderly people aged 65 and over are still encouraged to stay at home after the reopening of Phase 2.
Please note that these are only initial guidelines that will be reviewed continuously throughout the week during future task force meetings.
All of these guidelines follow the plan of reopening in three parts “Opening America Again”, issued by the White House, where Phase 1 is considered the reopening time as early as possible, Phase 2 marks a continuous decrease in COVID-19 cases and Phase 3 would generally be considered a “return to normal”.
Recalling that until now Disney remains closed indefinitely and no official reopening date has been identified.
We have put down the full meeting of the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force, of course the meeting is complete in English!
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