After more than 3 months of being closed, Disney World is now open in Florida. This doesn’t mean that the state has the pandemic under control though as Florida reported 15,299 cases as of July 12, hitting a new high record.
The announcement received mixed reactions on Sunday as some enthusiasts claim they feel “safer” inside the theme park compared to establishments outside the park due to its new strict safety precautions, while non-supporters of the reopening expressed their dismay on social media saying “it should not be open right now.” and posting photos of crowds not following the social distancing rule in waiting areas.
Prior to the lockdowns, people were able to purchase tickets on site. This time around, it will be a bit challenging to actually get into the park. Guests are required to book a reservation in advance – one of Disney World’s additional requirements – to keep the number of guests limited and avoid a big crowd. The park is also strictly prohibiting the entry of visitors who are not wearing masks.
Florida began lifting COVID-19 restrictions back in May yet hospitals in the state have said their intensive care units are reaching full capacity. As Florida surpasses California in the number of active coronavirus cases today, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis still declines to implement the mandatory wearing of face masks.