ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – With the major theme parks in Central Florida taking steps toward reopening, so are the smaller attractions.
What You Need To Know
- Smaller attractions could reopen soon
- Plans were approved by task force, endorsed by county mayor Demings
- Attractions now wait for state approval
- RELATED: Universal proposes plan to reopen in June
Several area attractions this week presented plans to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force’s Bringing Back Tourism working group, seeking approval to reopen their businesses with new measures in place.
Gatorland, Fun Spot America, ICON Park, WonderWorks and several others outlined the new health and safety measure that they would implement, including capacity limits, sanitation procedures, social distancing, face coverings for employees, and temperature checks for employees.
After hearing the plans, the group gave the OK to send them to the full task for approval. On Thursday, the task force approved the plans for 12 smaller attractions to reopen.
The plans were reviewed Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, who gave his endorsement.
“I have had time to evaluate the small attractions plans and they were thorough and comprehensive,” Demings said in a statement. “I will make a recommendation to the Governor to reopen these business. If we open effectively we will be able to expedite the window of recovery here in Orange County.”
Demings sent endorsement letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis on behalf of Gatorland, I-Drive Thrill Park LLC, Icon Park Orlando, K1 Speed Orlando, Nona Adventure Park LLC, Orlando Slingshot LLC, Orlando Starflyer, WonderWorks, Aloma Bowl, Boardwalk Bowl and Andretti’s Indoor Karting and Games.
Many of the attractions are located along International Drive, the tourist corridor that has been hit hard by coronavirus closures.
Some of the attractions could reopen as early as this weekend if the plans receive state approval.
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