Tue. Aug 4th, 2020

Disney World Partially Reopens to Crowds as Florida Sets Single-Day COVID-19 Case Record

A large portion of the Walt Disney World Resort reopened over the weekend and fans flocked to the park, which has been shuttered for months — all while Florida set a single-day record for confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

The Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park once again welcomed guests Saturday morning, and there were plenty of those who wanted to return to the popular Orlando destination for the first time since mid-March, when it was forced to close due to the pandemic. 

Videos and photos posted to social media and reported on local news showed that new measures in place for health and safety, such as a mask requirement, did not deter park-goers. At the same time guests were returning to the park, the state reported a record-breaking 15,299 new confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday, which marked the highest daily total any U.S. state has recorded thus far. Florida has so far reported nearly 270,000 cases of the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, and more than 4,200 deaths from the disease.

It is not clear how many people went to the park over the weekend.

The caution goes on to read, “An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting Walt Disney World Resort, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Help keep each other healthy.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on July 6 backed Disney World reopening, saying he had no concerns because the theme park put a “premium” on safety. “Disney, I have no doubt, is going to be a safe environment,” he said. “I think that where you start to see the spread is just in social situations where people let their guard down. Usually like a private party or something like that.”

In California, the Downtown Disney shopping and dining district reopened to awaiting fans last week. The rest of the Anaheim resort will remain closed indefinitely amid the state’s virus spike. 

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

Photographs are Courtesy:  AP

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