The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force held a virtual meeting on April 28, 2020, to discuss approaches for opening theme parks like Disney World. They also discussed steps for opening other businesses like hotels, restaurants, offices, and spas.
The Orange County task force reviewed the work of other reopening task forces, including those in Louisiana and Nashville.
The group’s analysis looked specifically at theme parks and divided them into small locations (like Funspot and Gatorland) vs. large locations (like Disney World and Universal). However, it appears the first draft recommendations were the same for large parks and small ones.
The task force further divided their analysis into guidelines and mandates, as well as a phase 1 vs. a phase 2.
Large Theme Park Guidelines
- Tape markings of 6 feet apart in ride/attraction queues
- Staff to regularly wipe down surfaces at random
Phase 1 and 2: Staff who are 65+ are encouraged to stay at home
Large Theme Park Mandates
- All employees required to wear facemasks
- Touchless hand sanitizer at each ticketing entry and turnstiles
- Touchless hand sanitizer at each ride/attraction entry and exit
- Temperature checks for staff priority to shift (employees with temperatures above 100.4 must not enter the premises)
- All employees with flu-like symptoms advised to stay at home
- Wipe down of all railings and surfaces after every use
Phase 1: 50% capacity
Phase 2: 75% capacity
Here is a screen capture from Youtube of the theme park slide from the 22:43 mark in the video:
These guidelines are for an initial discussion and the task force will revise them this week during future meetings.
These guidelines also follow the federal “Opening Up America Again” plan. In that plan, Phase 1 is considered the earliest reopening, Phase 2 represents a decrease in virus cases, and Phase 3 is considered a return to normal.
Orange County Mayor Demings said that it would probably be more realistic for Central Florida businesses to open in June as opposed to May due to supply chain issues.
At this time Walt Disney World is still closed indefinitely and Disney has not yet announced a reopening date.
Task Force suggests Disney reopens at 50% capacity, employees wear masks. Good idea?