Since reopening, major theme parks in Orange County have put into place health and safety regulations to ensure that both guests and employees are being kept as safe as possible.
Orange County Government has been sending out strike-teams to evaluate local businesses and ensure that they are following the CDC guidelines for a safe reopening.
If Disney or Universal are found not compliant what will happen? Will they have to pay a fine? Or simply update their operations to meet the correct standards and be evaluated again… Or could they be shut down by the local authorities?
In a story by Fox 35 Orlando they detail the latest information on the strike-teams and theme parks. They report that theme parks in Orange County have already been visited by the strike-teams and will be visited and evaluated again soon.
“So far over 3,600, to be precise 3,620, different business sites have been visited,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.
Mayor Demings gave an update on the county’s strike teams on Monday that are working to ensure businesses are being compliant with CDC guidelines — most recently focusing in on businesses along Goldenrod and Curry Ford Road.
“In addition to smaller businesses, the strike teams will be once again visiting major theme parks unannounced very soon.”
Mayor Demings says the strike teams have been going out for more than two months.
The county says they’ve done about 450 follow-up inspections.
It appears as if the strike teams don’t have as much power as you would think. Here is what the strike teams’ scope and purpose as described on the official Orange County FL website:
Orange County’s Business Compliance or “Strike Teams” are responsible for visiting businesses throughout the County and helping them achieve compliance through the implementation of proper workplace guidelines and procedures. They will educate business owners and provide face masks and hand sanitizer, if necessary.
Since both Universal and Disney have already been evaluated by the strike teams at least once, and no news has come of it, it is safe to assume they were both in compliance. As the strike teams do not seem to hold as much power as we would think, it would be more of a poor PR look for the theme parks if they were found not compliant.
In Addition, Florida has moved into Phase 3 of reopening. The governor has stated that theme parks can resume normal operations. However, Disney has stated it will continue to operate under the approved CDC guidelines. They will also continue to operate with 25% limited capacity for the indefinite future.
We will have to wait and see what happens to the theme parks for the next evaluation.
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