Florida Task Force Releases Guidelines for Phased Reopening of State's Theme Parks



If theme parks follow the task force's advice, they would see parks reopening in two phases. The first would have them operating at half capacity, the second at 75 percent capacity.

Railings and surfaces would be wiped down regularly while touchless hand sanitizer stations would be placed at all ticketing and entry areas, turnstiles, and entry and exit points for rides and attractions.

Additionally, queues for rides and attractions would maintain social distancing efforts, with markers spaced 6 feet apart to show park goers where to stand.

Furthermore, the group also recommended that parks discourage anyone 65 or older from visiting during the first two phases.

Thousands of park employees' day-to-day would also change. The task force recommends they be required to wear face masks and have their temperatures taken prior to their shifts. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher would be sent home. Employees with flu-like symptoms would also be required to stay home.

Which of these guidelines will be put into effect is ultimately at the discretion of the individual parks and they do not have to follow the rules as laid out by the task force.

The group also made recommendations for restaurants, hotels and retail establishments in the area  of Orlando theme parks.

Similar to the park attendance recommendation, restaurants would operate at 50% capacity and tables would need to be spaced at least 6 feet apart from one another.

Employees would wear face masks and gloves and menus would all be disposable.

During hotel stays, guests would see sneeze guards at check-in counters and their coffee makers, coffee cups and glassware would all be removed from their rooms and their mini-bars would remain empty.

As of Wednesday, Florida has had more than 32,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 1,100 deaths attributed to the virus, according to data compiled by the New York Times.

As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.

Source: Read Full Article