Walt Disney World Resort has announced that it will be phasing out onsite temperature screenings for guests and cast members as local health and government officials’ guidance for the pandemic has evolved.
“Since reopening, we have considered guidance from public health authorities, government agencies, and our own team of health and safety experts as we asses and update health and safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” says Disney on the official Walt Disney World website.
Following the advice of the CDC and local health officials, onsite temperature screenings will be phased out for cast members starting May 8, followed by guests on May 16.
This news comes after Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings shared an announcement that a new phase system to slowly adjust COVID-19 mandates would be going into effect; some of these phases include reduced physical distance requirements and elimination of mask mandates.
According to Walt Disney World’s Know Before You Go page, the resort is “aware of the state of Florida’s plans to modify COVID-19 guidelines” and “will evaluate this latest guidance and maintain our current health and safety measures at this time, including face covering requirements. We will continue to make thoughtful adjustments to our policy.” This seems to be the first demonstration of those adjustments, though physical distancing protocols are still in place for now.