Florida moves to Phase 3 openings, no immediate changes expected at theme parks

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order today, Friday, Sept. 25, which grants the state the ability to move into Phase 3 of reopening – but what does this mean for Orlando’s theme parks?

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According to the Guidelines for Opening Up Florida, entering Phase 3 means that bars and restaurants in the state are no longer required to operate at less than full capacity. As outlined in the document, theme parks can, at this stage, return to normal operations with limited social distancing protocols in place.

Per the Orlando Sentinel, DeSantis has said that the order doesn’t affect theme parks, as there were no state-imposed restrictions on them currently. However, each park has the ability to set their own social distancing and mask requirements for guests.

“They’re going to make a corporate decision in the best interest of their patrons,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings on what this order means for the theme parks during a press conference this afternoon.

“We received the Governor’s executive order and are evaluating it to determine what it may mean for our business.  We are not making any immediate changes.  As a reminder, face coverings are still required at Walt Disney World Resort,” said a Disney spokesperson when reached for comment.

For now, until the theme parks announce any changes themselves, we can expect that nothing will immediately change. We will keep you updates if or when any changes are announced.


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