Demings ‘concerned’ over theme park openings in Florida

Greg Nash

Rep. Val Demings, a Florida Democrat whose district includes Orlando, said Sunday she is “concerned” about theme parks reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

CNN’s Dana Bash asked Demings if she is comfortable with theme parks reopening, noting that her district “depends heavily on these parks for tourism and jobs.” 

“I do believe that the theme parks have been very strategic, methodical, very thoughtful in terms of coordinating with public health officials and local officials to make sure that they are doing this right,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” 

Demings added that the parks are “religiously practicing the CDC guidelines within those areas that have opened.”

“I think they’re being smart about it. But let me say this. I am concerned, because we know that this virus is not yet under control, and it will not be until we have a vaccine. And we don’t know when that will be, regardless of some of the reports that we hear coming out of the White House,” she said. “But we just need to be vigilant and do what we need to do to keep people safe.” 

Disney Springs began its phased reopening last week, while the rest of the Walt Disney World Resort remains closed. 

Universal Studios announced Friday that it will begin letting guests back into the park starting on June 5 with additional social distancing guidelines and protocol in place. 

Universal said everyone will be required to wear face coverings during their visit, and guests will have their temperatures checked upon arrival. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be admitted into the park. The park will also have floor markings to indicate 6 feet distances and is asking customers to keep the recommended distance between them and people in other parties.  

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