Temperature Checks, Face Masks and Plexiglass Will Be Among Measures Taken For Disney Springs Reopening
As we anxiously await for the opening of Disney Springs on May 20th, it should be noted that guests to Disney World’s downtown shopping district will notice that many new changes will be implemented to abide by social distancing rules and keep guests safe while visiting the property.
According to a piece appearing today in front of The Hollywood Reporter, the first wave of Disney World employees will be back at the park on Saturday to get ready for the influx of guests on the 20th. As we previously reported here at MickeyBlog a group of over 100 custodians will be the first back to ensure that the area is well maintained and following the necessary protocols.
President of UNITE HERE, Local 362 Eric Clinton told The Hollywood Reporter that his union members feel a “mixed bag of emotions” about returning to work. He added that its a balancing act between not getting infected by the virus and not being able to pay rent.
So what can we expect when Disney Springs re-opens on May 20th? At first only sub-contracted shops will be open in the Disney Springs shopping and dining complex. The next phase which will happen four days later is slated to include Disney-owned retail shops like the World of Disney Store and Disney owned eateries.
Clinton has said that Disney is taking the safety of his members as well as visitors very seriously with new precautions. This includes the following:
- All guests and employees will be required to wear masks.
- Disney will be providing employees with washable masks
- Guests will have their temperatures checked
- Plexiglass dividers have been installed at all registers.
- Guests will swipe their own payment cards.
- Custodians will be retrained to pay attention to high-touch areas.
In addition to the measures outlined above, The Hollywood Reporter mentioned that Disney has developed new global training for park employees to inform them about health and safety during the pandemic. Clinton also said that the unions and Disney will be holding monthly safety meetings.
As we previously reported here at MickeyBlog, Shanghai Disney was the first theme park to open this week (May 11th). In terms of when we may see them reopen stateside, CEO Bob Chapke gave an interview to CNBC on Monday and advised that no opening date has been set for the theme parks as of yet!
This is a story that we’ll continue to follow closely here at MickeyBlog. Readers are encouraged to keep checking back for the latest Disney news and updates.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter