Disney’s Chief Medical Officer Talks Health & Safety As We Approach Re-opening
As Disney World prepares to welcome guests back to select Disney Resorts starting next Monday, Dr. Pamela Hymel has reached out to the Disney community to discuss health and safety at the parks.
What to Expect at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort
According to Dr. Hymel, Disney theme parks are taking a multi-pronged approach to reopening. At both properties, this includes the following measures:
- reducing capacity
- temperature checks for guests prior to entering the theme parks
- increasing cleaning and disinfecting (especially in high traffic areas)
- adjusting experiences to accommodate physical distancing
- requiring face coverings (for guests 2 and older)
- empowering guests with options like contactless payments, handwashing and hand sanitizer locations.
In addition, Dr. Hymel said that cast members are at the center of Disney’s approach and that several new guidelines have been implemented including:
- increasing the frequency of cleaning in work areas
- adjusting our work practices to promote physical distancing
- requiring temperature checks and wearing face coverings.
In addition, Hymel wrote, “As reopening approaches, we’re providing our cast with additional training on both new measures and the continued importance of personal health best practices, such as handwashing, covering coughs and of course, staying home when ill.
Promote Safety Together
Dr. Hymel also has an important message about the role that ALL guest can take to ensure that you are keeping yourself and others safe when you return to the parks. Face coverings are a great way to do this. She says, I wear a face-covering in public spaces because it may help protect you, and in turn, you wear a face-covering because it may help protect me.
Guests are reminded that when you wear a face-covering during your visit, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water or even reschedule your visit if you’re not feeling well you make the park safer for all of the other guests!
New Team of Cast Members On Hand To Help
When you return to the theme parks, there will be a special group of cast members that are trained to share information about new Disney policies, to explain new procedures and any questions you may have. They’ll also be there to provide some encouragement to guests to make sure that everyone follows these measures so that the parks are a safe place for everyone.
New “INCREDIBLE” Safety Campaign
If you were following along with MickeyBlog this morning then you know that Disney has just launched an Incredibles-themed health and safety campaign. This new project places the spotlight on healthy behaviours that can ensure that everyone has a magical experience.
A Time of Adjustment
Dr. Hymel ends her statement by reminding guests that we are still in the early days of Disney’s phased approach. Disney will continue to monitor the situation and will make adjustments based on the continued guidance of local government and health authorities. She advised that the company will continue to share additional details about the policies and procedures guests can expect when the theme parks open.
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