As it stands right now, only the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force in Florida is releasing details on first steps to reopen the county, which includes Walt Disney World. As more information is released about all Disney properties, procedures, reopening dates, etc., this page will be updated.
The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force met to discuss the initial guidelines for reopening Orlando’s theme parks. Mayor Demings noted that a June reopening would be “more realistic” than a May reopening due to ongoing supply chain issues.
Reminder: All of this information is from the task force and NOT from Walt Disney World.
Guidelines for Hotels: During Phase 1, housekeeping services should be limited and allow for minimal guest and employee exposure. Hotels should also encourage mobile check-in. Room service will follow new “contactless delivery” protocol and will leave items at each guest's door. Service items in guest rooms, like glassware, coffee cups, mini bars and coffee makers should be removed. Self-parking should also be provided. In addition to touchless hand sanitizer at all entry points, all sanitation and cleaning should be increased throughout the property.
Guidelines for Restaurants: Should only offer paper or disposeable menus and encourage takeout and/or online orders as much as possible. Touchless hand sanitizer should be available at all entry points and at every table. All employees will be required to wear face masks and will have temperature checks prior to their shifts. All doors must be wiped down regularly and bartenders must sanitize their hands after each drink order. Seated tables are to be set up six feet apart. During Phase 1, restaurant and bar capacity will be limited to 50%. During Phase 2, restaurant and bar capacity will be limited to 75%.
Guidelines for Attractions: there should be tape markings of 6 feet in ride queues with staff wiping down surfaces regularly. All employees will be required to wear face masks and undergo temperature checks prior to their shifts. During Phase 1, parks may reopen at 50% capacity. Phase 2 will expand capacity to 75%. Seniors 65 or older are still encouraged to stay home through Phase 2 reopenings.
Take note: These are initial guidelines provided by the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force, which will be continuously revised as needed.
All of these guidelines follow the “Opening Up America Again” three-part phase reopening plan issued by the White House:
- Phase 1 is considered the earliest possible reopening time.
- Phase 2 marks a continued decrease in COVID-19 cases.
- Phase 3 would be generally considered a “return to normal" status.