Theme parks in Florida are reducing some of the protocols that the visitors and workers have had to follow for the last year to stop the spread of Covid. But rules instituted by the private sector and state regulations on measures to prevent the spread of the Covid don’t always match, even in Florida. It is the 1st state to ease restrictions. Walt Disney World will remove temperature screening this month. After May 8, the theme park will no longer have to check for temperature for workers, and it will be removed for visitors starting May 16.
As per the update on the company’s website, “Since reopening, we have considered guidance from public-health authorities, government agencies, and our team of health and safety experts as we assess and update health and safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As this guidance continues to evolve, and with the support of local health and government officials, we are making some additional adjustments.”
This is not 1st time that Disney has relaxed Covid rules. Recently it allowed visitors to remove masks while taking photos outdoors if they remain stationary and physically distanced. Previously the guests were only allowed to do this when visiting a designated relaxation station or when eating or drinking.
Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, as of Thursday, will stop performing temperature checks. It consists of Islands of Adventure theme parks and Universal Studios. It is also reducing social-distancing requirements throughout its theme parks. In between parties now, guests must only leave three feet of space rather than six feet.
A Universal Orlando spokeswoman said the health and safety of their team members and guest are their top priorities. They continue to review the CDC guidelines and work with local health officials to update their health and safety protocol. All other health and safety protocols will remain in place.
Nearby, SeaWorld has also removed its temperature screenings, according to the visitors. Signs in the park also suggest that it is now following three feet of social distancing.