Vice President Pence To Influence Florida Tourism Reopening

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Wednesday is set to be a big day for the tourism industry in Orlando. Not only is the first Disney property in the U.S., Disney Springs in the Walt Disney World Resort, scheduled to reopen, but central Florida is also getting a visit from Vice President Mike Pence.

Vice President Pence is planning a meeting with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to discuss the reopening of Florida’s economy.

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Vice President Micheal Pence poses for his official portrait at The White House, in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

According to a press release from his office, Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit a nursing home in Orlando on Wednesday.  During his nursing home visit, Vice President Pence is to deliver PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). This is part of an initiative to deliver PPE to more than 15,000 nursing homes across the United States.

Also scheduled during his visit is a discussion with hospitality and tourism leaders to talk about their plans for reopening.

In a recent press conference, Florida Governor DeSantis stated that theme parks are able to submit reopening plans.

“They have to provide how they are going to do it, how they’re going to accommodate the guests, how they’re going to protect the staff, and then they need to have an endorsement from the local official in their locality,” DeSantis said.

FL Gov. Ron DeSantis; Cinderella Castle


Theme parks fall into the second phase of the Reopen Florida Task Force plans. Currently, Florida remains in Phase one, with some recent additions to the phased reopening such as increased guest capacity in restaurants, from 25% to now 50% capacity, and to include reopening of other businesses like gyms and hair salons among others.

The flagship theme parks in central Florida, such as the Walt Disney World resort and Universal Orlando, were given autonomy in deciding when to reopen their doors.  When the initial Phase One reopening was announced, Disney could have allowed Disney Springs to reopen, since most of its businesses fell in the allowed Phase One approved business types to open like restaurants and retailers. However, Bob Chapek, Disney CEO, has been very vocal about Disney’s decision to be more conservative with their reopening efforts to ensure safety for all visiting guests and working cast members.

Both Disney and Universal business leaders have been heavily involved in the Reopen Florida task force discussions.

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