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Disney World Reopens Day After Florida Sets New Record For COVID-19 Deaths

by : Julia Banim on : 11 Jul 2020 15:20
Disney World Reopens Days After Florida Sets New Record For COVID-19 DeathsDisney World Reopens Days After Florida Sets New Record For COVID-19 DeathsPA Images

Disney World Florida has reopened its doors one day after the state set a new record for coronavirus deaths.

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This is the first Disney resort in the US to reopen, with Disneyland California having delayed planned reopening this month following a resurgence of the virus.

Florida saw a record high of 188 coronavirus deaths on Friday, July 10, sparking fresh concerns for a state that has seen one of the most severe outbreaks of coronavirus in the US.

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As of Friday, July 10, the Florida State Health Department reported 244,151 cases of coronavirus in Florida, and 4,102 deaths. June 20 saw a record number of new infections, with 4,049 cases recorded in a single day.

The US as a whole has not fared well during the pandemic. As per statistics from Johns Hopkins University, there have been 134,097 coronavirus deaths in the US, the highest fatality rate of any country on Earth.

In a press release, Disney has emphasised that this will be a ‘phased reopening’, with a significant reduction in capacity. Health and safety measures will be in place, including mandatory face coverings, temperature screenings and increased cleanliness.

Chief medical officer at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, Dr. Pamela Hymel, said:

Our deliberate and phased approach at Walt Disney World Resort emphasizes multiple layers of health and safety measures.

We’re taking a multi-pronged approach to our reopening, after considering the guidance of various governmental authorities and health agencies, and recommendations from our team of health and safety experts.

We’re also actively working with industry groups and research universities to discuss best practices.

However, there are still understandable concerns about this reopening in light of the recent alarming figures, and a petition has been set up asking Disney to delay reopening parks and resorts until coronavirus cases are no longer on the rise.

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Started by a group of ‘concerned cast members’, this petition has gained nearly 20,000 signatures at the time of writing, and expresses fear for the safety of ‘thousands and thousands of theme park employees and their families’.

According to the petition:

As individuals who work in the bustling tourism industry in central Florida, we are responsible for ensuring the safety of our guests and our fellow magic makers.

Keeping ourselves and our visitors safe is our number one priority, in every theme park. This includes our health and wellbeing. We are encouraged to say something when we see something that we deem is unsafe so we’re speaking up.

As per The Guardian, an approximate 20,000 furloughed employees will be returning to Disney World for the first phase of reopening.

You can sign the petition to delay the reopening of Disney World here.

It’s okay to not panic about everything going on in the world right now. LADbible and UNILAD’s aim with our campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we’re facing. For more information from the World Health Organization, click here.

Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: News, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Disney World, Disneyland, Florida, Now, Petition

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Move On and 4 others
  1. Move On

    Protect our Magic Makers: Don’t Open Theme Parks Until it’s Safe

  2. Florida State Health Department

    Current Situation in Florida

  3. Johns Hopkins University

    CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE CENTER

  4. Walt Disney World News

    Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park reopen July 11, followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15

  5. The Guardian

    Disney World set to reopen at weekend despite coronavirus surge in Florida