As fears regarding the coronavirus continue to spread across the world, Americans have been spared with a remaining low risk. However, the number of cases — confirmed and reported — and the death toll are continuing to slowly increase, and Americans are beginning to wonder if they should even be traveling domestically. Or, more specifically, should they still take that trip to Disneyland or Disney World?
Two more cases of unknown origin were reported in Orange County, California last night. While they have yet to be confirmed at the time of this article being written, it still strikes fear in everybody looking to travel there for Disneyland.
But, Disneyland continues to “keep calm and carry on” as both its continue normal operations. There has been no official statement from the resort on the official website because there is still no need for one. Disney Guest Services informed Inside the Magic–as they will for any guests concerned about their upcoming trip–that precautionary measures are still being taken such as an increase of sanitation stations and encouraging good hygiene among guests.
The Disneyland Resort also issued a reassuring statement to its Good Neighbor Hotels. These are local, third-party hotels that have partnered with Disneyland to give guests staying off-property some of the same perks as guests staying on-property. A similar situation would be the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels at Walt Disney World.
The statement reads as follows:
To protect our Guests and Cast Members and prevent the spread of illness, we employ rigorous sanitation standards and robust cleaning procedures, including:
- Extensive training for Cast Members, with testing of their knowledge on a regular basis;
- Defined cycles for frequent cleaning and disinfection of targeted areas throughout the day;
- Procedures for cleaning and disinfection of areas where illness has been suspected or reported;
- Quick response to spills, trash and other situations;
- End of day sanitation procedures following park close, for everything from bathroom faucets and sinks to kitchen surfaces and backstage areas;
- End of day cleaning and “wash down” of outdoors locations, including walkways and queues;
- Guest First Aid locations to assist with minor health issues.
We maintain close relationships with local, state, national, and international public health authorities, and take their guidance when additional preventive measures are needed.
We at Inside the Magic also want to remind our readers that while the new virus is daunting, the fatality rate is very low – -less than 0.5% for people under the age of 50 — and the risk of catching it in the U.S. is still very low according to the CDC and other members of the Coronavirus task force. However, as a precaution from spreading anything, we want to echo Disneyland’s statement to please wash your hands and if you are feeling ill — especially with any flu-like symptoms — please stay home from the parks or any public areas and see a doctor. You can read more about Coronavirus on the official CDC website.
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