According to WESH2 Orlando, the Orange County Economic Task Force on Tuesday discussed some possible guidelines and mandates that Central Florida theme parks may have to follow whenever they reopen.

The first draft of preliminary guidelines and mandates for businesses reopening in Central Florida included a phased approach to reopening theme parks that calls for larger parks to operate at 50% capacity when they initially reopen gates.

The guidelines and mandates listed below are just initial suggestions, and do not include any additional measures that theme parks may decide to employ on their own.

Mandates for large theme parks (Disney, Universal, SeaWorld):

  • All employees must wear face masks.
  • Touchless hand sanitizer must be stationed at each ticketing entry/turnstile.
  • Touchless hand sanitizer at each attraction entrance and exit.
  • Temperature checks for staff prior to shift. (Those with temperatures over 100.4 will not be allowed to enter premises.)
  • All employees with flu-like symptoms will be advised to stay at home.
  • Wipe down all railings and surfaces after every use.
  • Phase 1: 50% capacity
  • Phase 2: 75% capacity

Guidelines for large theme parks:

  • Tape marking 6 ft apart in attraction queues.
  • Staff to regularly wipe down surfaces at random.
  • Phase 1 and Phase 2: Staff 65 years or older are encouraged to stay at home.

As of now there are no specific dates for the reopening of theme parks.

The task force separated Central Florida’s smaller theme parks into a second category with a different set of guidelines and recommendations, though the suggestions and mandates for the smaller parks were similar to those made for large parks.

The suggestions shared by the Orange County task force look similar to what was discussed last week by the Reopen Florida Task Force.

The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger and Universal Orlando Resort CEO John Sprouls have both indicated that the theme park giants are underway with planning for eventual reopening. Anticipated safety measures include temperature and health screening, virtual attraction queues, and mobile food ordering, among other strategies.

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