Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando have all shared updates in regard to their employees’ safety amid the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19.
Walt Disney World
While Walt Disney World is still operating normally, the resort is setting up a COVID-19 information hotline for cast members to access.
A spokesperson for Disney told People Magazine that the company is continuing to monitor the situation:
We know there is new information this week about Coronavirus in Florida. We have very stringent sanitation procedures in place at Walt Disney World Resort. We are in close contact with health agencies for information and guidance, and at this time, we are continuing to communicate to our Cast the importance of preventative measures such as frequent handwashing and rigorous cleaning processes.
For guest convenience, we have placed additional hand sanitizers throughout our parks and resorts and will adjust our protocols as the situation warrants.
Universal Orlando Resort
John Sprouls, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Universal Parks & Resorts, released a coronavirus update for team members on the team member website.
In the update, Sprouls told team members that Universal Parks & Resorts are working with health officials and experts in the industry at all of their parks, and are continuing to encourage best health practices and monitoring the situation at hand. Universal Studios Japan has been temporarily closed, with a projected reopening date set for March 16.
Sprouls also said that Universal team members are encouraged to stay home from work if they begin to experience flu-like symptoms and to wash hands frequently. If team members have questions, they can contact their supervisor or manager.
The SeaWorld Orlando employee website has a link to the CDC website, along with their recommendations for staying safe.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, and trouble breathing. Most people develop just mild symptoms, but some, usually those with other medical complications, can develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia.
We will continue to monitor the situation surrounding the coronavirus and Central Florida’s theme parks, so be sure to stay tuned for updates.