At a press conference on Monday, July 6, 2020, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis expressed his confidence in Walt Disney World’s plan to reopen at the end of this week despite the increase in virus cases.
He said, “the theme parks have been going great. Disney… I have no doubt it’s going to be a save environment… I’ve looked at Disney’s plan and it’s very, very thorough.”
NEW: "The theme parks have been doing great," Gov. Ron DeSantis said moments ago. "Disney… I have no doubt it's going to be a safe environment… I’ve looked at Disney's plan and it is very, very thorough." pic.twitter.com/7l8qe1ewOi
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) July 6, 2020
“You look at what they’re doing,” he added talking about both Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort, “and that’s what I think the lesson is… We have to have society function. You can have society function in a a way that keeps people safe. When you have all of the different procedures that they have in place, people are going to be in a safe environment.”
DeSantis went on to say that most of the spread happens when “people let their guard down” at private gatherings. “I think the folks that put a premium on safety,” he said, “that’s showing you that we are able to handle this, have society function–we still want people going to work, but do it in a way that you take some basic precautions.
“I’m really impressed with what Universal’s done, and I’ve looked at Disney’s plan and it’s very, very thorough.”
In a news conference on Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was asked if Disney World reopening its theme parks this week is still a good idea and at what point would he consider having the parks shut down. Here’s what he had to say: pic.twitter.com/8ysTkU0vzK
— Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1) July 6, 2020
You can watch the full press conference here:
Walt Disney World has, in fact, put a premium on safety. When the mega-resort reopens its park gates, a limited number of Guests will be admitted and they will be required to wear face mask and maintain social distancing and a special team of Cast Members has been recruited to ensure those safety measures are upheld.
This news comes as positive cases continue to climb in Florida. According to the Orlando Sentinel, over 10% of Florida’s population has been tested, with a 15% positivity rate for the past week. However, DeSantis highlighted the fact that Orange County is showing a decreasing fatality rate and a lower median age of positive cases. The Governor mentioned that unless younger people have underlying health problems they are at almost no risk of dying from this disease. But that does not mean there is no longer a risk.
“Just because you’re 21, and you may not have a lot of symptoms,” he warned, “it doesn’t mean you can’t infect other people.”
The Walt Disney World is scheduled to have Annual Passholder Preview on Thursday, July 9, 2020, and Friday, July 10, 2020, at the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It will officially reopen both those parks to Guests on July 11, 2020, and is scheduled to then reopen EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15, 2020.
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