ORLANDO, Fla. — With plans underway to start reopening Florida, many are wondering what that means for theme parks in the state.
- Reopening ideas include temperature checks for staff, wiping down surfaces
- Also considering 50 percent park capacity to start
- Ideas to be revised throughout the week
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Theme parks and other attractions could be wipe down all surfaces regularly and have their employees wear face masks.
These are just some of the ideas members of the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force discussed Tuesday morning. The working group tasked with developing guidelines for reopening businesses revealed a set of preliminary suggestions.
Unicorp National Development president Chuck Whittall shared a draft for "small theme parks" such as attractions like Fun Spot and Gatorland and "large theme parks" using Disney World and Universal as an example. Under the suggestions , theme parks could implement temperature checks for staff prior to shift. They could place touch less hand sanitizer dispensers at every ticket entry, turnstile, ride and attraction.
To help with social distancing, theme parks could add tape markings of six feet part in the attraction and ride queues.
Other preliminary ideas include theme parks operating at 50 percent capacity during a "Phase 1" period. By Phase 2, they could operate at 75 percent capacity.
These suggestions are similar to ones discussed by a subcommittee in Gov. Ron DeSantis' Re-Open Florida Task Force last week. During the Industry Working Group meeting Universal Orlando CEO John Sprouls shared measures the resort is considering implementing, including screening employees, encouraging guests to wear face masks, disinfecting rides and attractions throughout the day and increasing the use of its virtual line system.
Disney World hasn't publicly shared what plans it's considering to reopen its theme parks.
Orange County is waiting on recommendations from the state before anything is finalized. And the ideas, which are part of a working document, will continue to be revised throughout the week.
The task force, which is made up of executives from various industries, also includes leaders from the theme park industry, including SeaWorld VP of Operations Brad Gilmour, Disney World senior VP of Resort & Transportation Operations Thomas Mazloum and Universal Orlando executive VP of resort operations Rich Costales.
The major theme parks have been closed since mid-March because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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