Walt Disney World Resorts announced this week that it will begin phasing out temperature controls at parks and facilities before the end of the month.
Theme parks and associated resorts will end temperature screenings for cast members on May 8 and for visiting guests on May 16, according to an announcement on Disney’s website. The change comes as Florida begins to adjust its local coronavirus regulations.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order on Monday suspending the state’s remaining Covid-19 public health restrictions. Private companies can still require face coverings and physical distancing, among other security measures, at their discretion.
Walt Disney World Resorts’ Covid-19 precautions have been in place since their reopening in July 2020, according to the Disney statement.
“Since reopening, we’ve taken advice from public health authorities, government agencies and our own team of health and safety experts as we assess and update health and safety measures to help to prevent the spread of COVID-19, ”Disney said in the statement. .
Disney said on its website that customer requirements for wearing face masks and social distancing will remain intact. Customers are also required to make reservations before visiting the park of their choice to limit overall capacity.
As Florida lawmakers scramble to shake off remaining coronavirus precautions and statewide emergency orders, Disney isn’t the only major park that has decided to roll back safety measures.
Universal Orlando Resort has announced that it is ending temperature checks for guests, effective immediately. They will also reduce the physical distance requirements between parties from six feet to three. (Universal Orlando Resort is part of NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News.)
“Yet most of our original safety protocols remain unchanged – from wearing face coverings throughout our resort to our continued dedication to cleanliness and disinfection,” the theme park said in a statement.