Disney partially reopening Florida entertainment, shopping complex

Parts of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. will reopen beginning on Wednesday, the company announced.

The company will partially reopen the Disney Springs entertainment and shopping complex after reaching a deal with unions on proper safety precautions for workers, Reuters reported.

Safety measures include cashless or contactless payment methods, and everyone will be required to undergo temperature screenings, wear “appropriate” facial coverings and practice social distancing.


Third-party operations will open at the complex this week, whereas three stores and venues operated by the company itself — World of Disney, D-Luxe Burger and the Marketplace Co-Op — will reopen later in May, according to the news service.

"While our theme parks and resort hotels remain temporarily closed, the phased reopening of Disney Springs is a welcome milestone as we navigate through this unprecedented time together as responsibly as we can," Disney Springs Vice President Matt Simon said in a statement.

“Everything we’re doing during this unprecedented time is in service of our guests, our cast members and our third-party operating participants, who will also be following these new guidelines in their locations,” he added. “We are constantly monitoring conditions and best practices, and we continue to learn every day from health and government authorities. As a result, our operational changes and safety measures may change from time to time as circumstances evolve.”

Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisOvernight Health Care — Presented by Indivior — CDC panel approves boosters for some, but not based on jobs Biden administration begins reimbursing Fla. school officials penalized over mask mandates Michael Cohen: Trump bluffing about another White House bid MORE (R) said Friday that the “full” phase one of the state’s reopening will begin Monday.

“We went to phase one but made clear we’re going smart, safe and step-by-step,” DeSantis said. “We did an initial phase one. We did not exhaust everything we could have in phase one.”

Under the first phase, restaurants and retailers will be able to open at 50 percent capacity after the state initially allowed them to reopen at 25 percent capacity.