Key Takeaways For Theme Parks, Hotels, and Restaurants From Orange County Florida Reopening Working Group (50% Park Capacity, Mandatory Employee Face Masks, and More)

    The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force met again earlier today to discuss a plan to reopen the economy. As part of the meeting, the task force put together recommended guidelines and mandates for various business types, including large theme parks like Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando.

    The working document will be added to and modified by various members of the Orange County task force, which includes Thomas Mazloum, the Senior Vice President of Walt Disney World Resorts and Transportation Operations. On the call, Mazloum noted that Disney is able to radically adapt to health guidelines and suggested that businesses not be lumped into categories based on their business types, but rather their ability to respond to health guidelines. The working group seemed to respond well to the recommendation, noting that Disney and other large theme parks will have a better idea on what health and safety measures they could put in place versus a blanket statement about their business from the county or state.

    Back to the working proposal drafted today, the recommendations were broken down into guidelines and mandates. Here are the key takeaways for various entertainment segments from the first draft of the task force document:

    Theme Parks

    Guidelines

    • Tape marking of 6 feet apart in ride/attraction queues
    • Staff to regularly wipe down surfaces at random
    • PHASE 1 & 2: Staff who are 65+ are encouraged to stay home

    Mandates

    • All employees required to wear face masks
    • Touchless hand sanitizer at each ticketing entry and turnstile
    • Touchless hand sanitizer at each ride/attraction entry and exit
    • Temperature checks for staff prior to shift (temps above 100.4 must not enter premises)
    • All employees with flu-like symptoms advised to stay at home
    • Wipe down of all railings and surfaces after every use
    • PHASE 1: 50% capacity
    • PHASE 2: 75% capacity

    Restaurants

    Guidelines

    • Paper/disposable menus
    • Encourage takeout/online orders
    • Touchless sanitizer at entry
    • PHASE 1 & 2: Staff who are 65+ are encouraged to stay home

    Mandates

    • Hand sanitizer at every table
    • Hand sanitizer at entry to be in plain visible sight
    • All employees required to wear facemasks
    • Temperature checks for staff prior to shift (temps above 100.4 must not enter premises)
    • All employees with flu-like symptoms advised to stay home
    • Doors to be wiped regularly
    • All staff behind counters must wear gloves (except for bartenders)
    • Bartenders to sanitize hands after making each drink order
    • Seated tables to be six feet apart
    • PHASE 1: Limit restaurant and bar capacity to 50%
    • PHASE 2: Limit restaurant and bar capacity to 75%

    Hotels

    Guidelines

    • PHASE 1: Housekeeping services to be limited and allow for minimal guest and employee exposure
    • PHASE 1: Promote, if available, mobile check-in
    • PHASE 1: Housekeeping services only clean upon request, or when guests depart
    • PHASE 1: Allow employees to work from home if not playing a critical role in serving guests
    • PHASE 1: Only deliver room service to guest’s door
    • PHASE 1: Provide self-parking
    • Promote social distancing for all guests and staff
    • Recommended touchless sanitizer at entry
    • Increase cleaning services/additional sanitation services through cleaning companies
    • PHASE 1 & 2: Staff who are 65+ are encourage to stay home

    Mandates

    • All employees required to wear facemasks
    • Hand sanitizer at entry to be in plain visible sight
    • Temperature checks for staff prior to shift (temps above 100.4 must not enter premises)
    • All employees with flu-like symptoms advised to stay home
    • Front desk to sanitize themselves on a regular basis
    • Consistent cleaning of all guest areas
    • Front desk to utilize sneeze-guards
    • Remove all service items in guest rooms to include glassware, coffee cups etc.
    • Mini bars not to be stocked
    • Do no offer self food services
    • Space pool furniture according to distancing guidelines
    • Pool gates and pool chairs to be sanitized regularly
    • Door handles, elevator button and railing to be sanitized regularly
    • Remove all coffee makers from guest rooms
    • Remove all guest collateral items, except for those that are single use
    • Sanitize guest keys before and after each use
    • Sanitize bell carts after each use
    • PHASE 1 & 2: No conferences

    It’s important to note that these are proposals at this time and they will continue to be adjusted as the task force continues to meet to devise a plan to reopen the Central Florida economy. The work outlined in this task force was for Orange County Florida and more will be outlined in the state-level task force at a later time.

    As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com for the latest Disney Parks news and photos. We’ll continue to bring you news and photos, where possible, through the Disney Parks closure due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will resume our normal coverage once the parks reopen to guests on July 11th!

    Mike
    Mike
    Mike is the owner and writer for BlogMickey.com. Visiting the parks daily allows him to keep up with the latest Disney news, reviews, and photos from around the Disney Parks. You can reach him at [email protected]

    2 COMMENTS

    1. Sounds like a fun time- NOT! why would they remove your coffee maker? No one has to clean it until you leave? That’s ridiculous. And instead of removing items from the mini bar, just lock it all up and if they want it, they have to get a key to pay for all of it once it’s unlocked and limit the items in it. I’m just not sure how any of this is going to work. Sounds like a very stressful vacation which I can continue at home for free.

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