The “happiest place on Earth” is going to feel like a different place when Disney Parks in the United States finally reopen.
Dr. Pam Hymel, the chief medical officer for Disney Parks, revealed several “enhanced safety measures” ahead of reopening park grounds to the public, reports Fox News.
These measures will include a face mask requirement for all employees and guests, plexiglass dividers at registers, and temperature checks for all who enter the parks.
Additionally, guests will be required to swipe their own payment cards to cut back on employees handling them, the Hollywood Reporter states.
Hymel's outline included plans for a “phased reopening” and social distancing guidelines.
The announcement was posted to the Disney Parks blog, shortly after Shanghai Disneyland announced it would open its gates on May 11. It closed in late January due to the global coronavirus outbreak.
“After so much time at home, I know many of you are eager to enjoy the magic of a Disney parks visit, and we can’t wait to welcome you back,” Hymel wrote in the blog post.
Hymel shared that park officials, and local and government health officials, have worked together to develop new protocols for reopening parks, resorts, and retail areas. As with any big plan, Disney plans for a “phased reopening” which may include opening Disney’s retail and dining areas before the theme parks.
Parks and resorts will also “likely” control the number of people allowed inside at a time while following guidance from the CDC. When people enter the parks, they will need to develop new social-distancing guidelines in restaurants, lines, and ride vehicles.
Hand-sanitization and hand-washing stations have already been installed across the parks. Hymel added that people should look at Disney’s online channels where more details will be provided when everything is confirmed.
Most of the protocols listed in the announcement, seem to be similar to guidelines proposed last week by the Orlando County Economic Recovery Task Force.
According to the organization, the park will begin allowing visitors back in two phases.
In Phase 1, the parks would be allowed to operate at 50-percent capacity. In Phase 2, operational capacity would be bumped to 75-percent capacity.
Tape markers will encourage social distancing of six feet for park-goers waiting in line for rides.
Staff will be required to wear face masks and manage the cleanliness of the park by regularly wiping down surfaces and railings used by park-goers.
The task force mentioned that since the pandemic is so unpredictable, it’s hard to establish a time frame for reopening.
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