“Once we have a better understanding of when the guidelines will be published, we expect to be able to communicate a re-opening date,” added the company.
Downtown Disney will reopen its doors on 9 July, said the company, noting that the reopening had been previously approved in accordance with the openings of restaurants and retail stores throughout the State.
At Disney World in Florida, the company is expected to re-open the first of several theme parks and attractions July 11 – but the move still requires the approval of the representatives of the State. The Disney parks of the two States have been closed since mid-march, which cost the company millions in revenue.
When the parks open, visitors will be required to comply with a strict set of rules. Temperatures will be checked before entry, and any person aged 2 years or older must wear a cover-face in public spaces.
To help stem the spread of the virus, some attractions and some events will stay closed. This includes parades, certain types of greetings of characters and lots of games. The visitors will not be allowed to visit multiple parks per day.
Despite the precautions, thousands of people have signed a petition urging Disney World to wait to reopen until “the case of COVID-19 do not increase and do not present the risk of spread of this disease to our players / team members, their families, and our theme of” the guests of the park. “
Florida has experienced a peak in an alarming case of COVID-19 in recent days, setting records for the number of positive tests. On Monday, the State had exceeded 100,000 cases in total.
The resort of Disneyland in California was faced with a similar contraction. Union leaders representing about 17 000 employees of Disneyland have written a letter to the governor arguing that it was not safe to reopen the park, and more than 40,000 people have signed a petition describing the plan for the reopening of the company’s “irresponsible and greedy”.
Khristopher Brooks has contributed to the story.