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Florida Department of Health Confirms- So Far, Orlando’s Theme Parks Haven’t Had Any COVID-19 Outbreaks

All guests will be required to undergo temperature screenings prior to entering a theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance; those who again measure 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will not be allowed entry, nor will those in their party. (David Roark, photographer)

Orlando’s major theme parks have had some COVID-19 cases in the past few months since they reopened but as of Thursday, Orange County’s leading doctor says they haven’t had any outbreaks.

Dr. Raul Pino from the Florida Department of Health in Orange County said the fact that guests are primarily outdoors when they visit Walt Disney World, Universal, and SeaWorld likely makes it harder for the deadly respiratory illness to be transmitted.

Ground markings will help promote proper physical distancing in attraction queues at Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. These markings are one of several new and enhanced health and safety measures in place for the parks’ phased reopening beginning July 11, 2020. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Although Pino said there have been cases associated with the parks, he didn’t provide an exact figure. In a press conference, Dr. Pino said;

“That is not to say that we haven’t seen a case here and the case over there that refers to parks, like ’I was there last week,’ ‘I was there, you know, three weeks ago’ but we are looking for (outbreaks) and we have not found it.”

He followed up his statement by saying the theme parks have strict safety measures such as requiring masks and safety checks plus they have cleaning protocols in place. Adding at the press conference Dr. Pino said;

“The parks are taking great measures and they have gone to great lengths to be able, you know, to open and to prevent the transmission, but it’s also the whole thing of open space I think is what’s making the difference. And also, the parks are not full. They are operating on probably less than 50% capacity and that may be a contributing factor.”
New measures are in place to promote health and well-being in table-service restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Cast members wear appropriate face coverings at all times, while guests can only remove their face coverings while sitting at their table. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

As of Wednesday, Orange County has documented a cumulative total of 35,245 cases, according to data from the Florida Department of Health. In recent days the local state of the pandemic has improved with Orange County reporting a 5.2% daily positivity rate on Wednesday and a 95% recovery rate.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings credited residents wearing masks and social distancing for the reduction in new cases.

“So our numbers are clearly trending in the right direction. If you’re like me that’s encouraging news, but I’m cautiously optimistic about where our numbers are today,” Demings said.

Source: Click Orlando

Kristi is the Media and PR Director for The Kingdom Insider. She's a lifelong Disney fan and grew up spending her family vacations at the Happiest Place on Earth. She resides in Florida with her husband and two boys, ages 4 and 6.