Florida Extends State of Emergency – Disney World Still Reopening

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Florida Travel Restrictions Lifted

As per a Tweet from Orlando news anchor Greg Angel, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has officially extended Florida’s coronavirus State of Emergency for another 60 days. Florida Executive Order Number 20-166 is an extension of Governor DeSantis’s original COVID-19 related Executive Order 20-52.

The amendment to the Florida State of Emergency Order reads:

“WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52, declaring a state of emergency for the entire state due to COVID-19; and WHEREAS, on March 25, 2020, President Donald J. Trump approved my request and declared a Major Disaster due to COVID-19 in Florida; and WHEREAS, on June 3, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-139, implementing Phase 2 of my Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery; and WHEREAS, I, as Governor of Florida, am committed to providing all available resources and assisting all Floridians and our local communities with their efforts; and WHEREAS, no state of emergency declared pursuant to the Florida Emergency Management Act may continue for more than 60 days unless renewed by the Governor; and WHEREAS, the impact of COVID-19 poses a continuing threat to the health, safety and welfare of the State of Florida and its residents.”

For our readers, the question about the extension of Florida’s State of Emergency is what it could mean for the phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort, which is slated to begin on July 11.

Coronavirus cases in Florida continue to spike throughout the state of Florida, which has made many wonder if the Disney Resort will continue with its current plan.

Currently, theme parks, including Universal Studios Orlando, remain open. There are no current plans to halt the reopening of Disney World and today’s Cast Member Preview of Magic Kingdom park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom went on as scheduled.

Governor DeSantis Disney World Reopening

How does this impact Disney World Guests?

Although local Disney World Passholders and ticket holders won’t be seriously impacted by the extension of the State of Emergency, the new Florida Executive Order also extends the Tri-State Travel Ban, which requires residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the Sunshine State.

This travel advisory was originally slated to end before Walt Disney World Resort’s reopening. If you reside in one of these states, you can expect to quarantine for 14 days both upon arrival in Florida and upon returning home. This totals a month of quarantine, which could seriously affect scheduled Disney vacations.

Find out if your state has any Florida travel advisories before you plan a Disney World trip.

Cinderella Castle
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What do you think about the extended Florida State of Emergency and Walt Disney World reopening? Tell us your opinion in the comments!

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