The Sunshine State's theme parks are getting high praise in Gov. Ron DeSantis praised Orlando's theme parks for their work in preventing COVID-19 within their parks. It comes as the region's biggest park is set to reopen its doors.
"You can have society function in a way that keeps people safe, and when you have all the different procedures that they have in place, people are going to be in a safe environment. Disney I have no doubt is going to be a safe environment," DeSantis said in a press conference on July 6.
During the briefing, the governor commended the amusement parks for "doing a great job" in keeping everyone safe during their opening.
Orlando's major theme parks have taken a ton of precautions to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 from happening within their vicinities.
Both Universal Orlando and Sea World have limited their capacity to enforce social distancing rules and mandated that face coverings be worn on their property at all times.
Before one can even enter, masked employees take the guest's temperature to ensure no one sick enters the area.
To date, no issues have been reported since they began welcoming guests earlier last month. Now, the region's big test awaits on July 11, when Walt Disney World, the world's largest theme park resort, initiates a phased reopening to the public.
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While some have questioned if the parks will remain open amid a record-spike in COVID-19 cases, DeSantis said that reopening the parks hasn't proven to be a problem. Instead, he placed the blame on those failing to follow the guidelines.
"I think where you start to see the spread is social situations where people let their guard down usually like at a private party, that's kind of what we've seen," the governor said. "I think that the folks who put a premium on safety, that's showing you that we're able to handle this."
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Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has also given his vote of confidence in Orlando's theme parks reopening.
In a press conference on Monday, Demings said that he's looked over Disney's safety practices and is "comfortable with the reopening. However, he will "monitor" their performance.
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Walt Disney World phased reopening will start with the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opening on July 11, followed by Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15.
Traditional parades and nighttime shows, and "high-touch" areas such as playgrounds and character meet-and-greets, will not return until further notice.