This just in — A maintenance worker at Disneyland Paris has now tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend.
But according to the French media, it looks as though Disneyland Paris will remain open with increased hand gel provided to the guests.
The French media is also reporting that Disney is informing the guests visiting the theme park to keep their distance while waiting in the queue for rides.
After the positive coronavirus diagnosis of the maintenance worker, a Disney spokesperson stated, “We have been notified that a cast member who works backstage and does not have contact with guests has tested positive and is receiving treatment.
“We have been in regular contact with the local health authorities and continue to implement preventive measures in line with their recommendations to help protect our guests and cast members.”
Disneyland Paris staff is now working with medical staff and checking on co-workers of the maintenance worker who were in constant contact with the Disneyland worker.
According to BFMTV, Disneyland is insisting that the infected Disneyland worker was working “behind the scenes” and was “not in contact” with guests in the theme park.
A Message about Coronavirus/COVID-19 from Dr. Cyril Warmberg and Dr. Nicolas Duport, Medical Doctors for Disneyland Paris
As you may know from the news, COVID-19, commonly known as novel coronavirus 2019, has become a more widespread concern. As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of our cast, guests and the larger community, we are carefully monitoring this evolving situation and are in regular contact with health agencies for information and guidance. Disneyland Paris is welcoming guests as usual and we continue to implement preventive measures in line with the recommendations of health authorities.
Disneyland Paris has high standards of cleanliness, which assists with illness prevention, and we have health and safety protocols in place, such as:
- Training for cast members, with ongoing reinforcement on a regular basis
- Defined cycles for frequent cleaning and disinfection of targeted areas
- Easy access to handwashing facilities and hand sanitizers
- Quick response to spills, trash and other situations
- End of day sanitation procedures for restroom, kitchen, and other facilities
- Frequent cleaning and “wash down” of outdoor locations, including walkways and queues
Additionally, our onsite health teams and leaders are communicating with our cast members about illness prevention, including the health authorities’ recommendations for everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs such as:
- Staying home and wearing a mask when sick (upon medical prescription)
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available)
- Following proper respiratory cough etiquette (i.e. cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or tissue, not your hands)
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Refraining from shaking hands and hugging or kissing when meeting someone
Dr. Cyril Warmberg