The magic is (partly) back: Disney will reopen the shopping area at its Florida resort on Wednesday, with face masks mandatory – but its theme parks will remain closed
- Disney Springs entertainment and shopping complex in Florida is set to reopen
- A raft of safety measures and operational changes are set to be introduced
- These include cashless payments, face coverings and temperature checks
Walt Disney will partially reopen its Disney Springs entertainment and shopping complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on Wednesday – but its theme parks will remain closed.
Disney and unions representing workers at Florida’s Walt Disney World reached an agreement on safeguards to protect employees from the coronavirus, a union statement said on Thursday.
The company said that this week, third-party operating participants would reopen stores at Disney Springs.
Walt Disney will partially reopen its Disney Springs entertainment and shopping complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on Wednesday
Later this month, on May 27, three stores and venues owned and operated by Disney – World of Disney, D-Luxe Burger and the Marketplace Co-Op – would also start trading again.
The entertainment giant said it was implementing safety measures and operational changes such as cashless or contactless payment options, a requirement to wear an ‘appropriate’ face covering, temperature screenings, social distancing practices and increased cleaning and disinfection procedures.
Disney Springs vice president Matt Simon said: ‘While our theme parks and resort hotels remain temporarily closed, the phased reopening of Disney Springs is a welcome milestone as we navigate through this unprecedented time together as responsibly as we can.
‘Everything we’re doing during this unprecedented time is in service of our guests, our cast members and our third-party operating participants, who will also be following these new guidelines in their locations.
Disney said it was implementing safety measures and operational changes such as cashless or contactless payment options, a requirement to wear an ‘appropriate’ face covering and temperature screenings
‘We are constantly monitoring conditions and best practices, and we continue to learn every day from health and government authorities.
‘As a result, our operational changes and safety measures may change from time to time as circumstances evolve. We want to deliver all the Disney magic you know and love with safety, as always, our top priority.’
In the United States, Florida is ahead of California, home to Disneyland, in reopening businesses that were closed starting in mid-March.
Shutting theme park gates cost the company $1billion from January through March, Disney said earlier this month.
About 120,000 of the company’s workers were placed on unpaid furlough, many of them theme park ‘cast members’, as Disney calls them.
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