Orange County Mayor Says Walt Disney World Will Play Key Role in Post-Pandemic Reopening Process
With certain states finally seeing a leveling off of reported Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the nation is preparing to slowly re-open many of its smaller businesses in phases, and now Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings is looking to Walt Disney World to provide guidance on how.
According to Click Orlando, Mayor Jerry Demings is taking the first steps to explore the potential reopening of some businesses in the aftermath of the pandemic, assembling a team of 45 business leaders to guide the way.
While the team will recruit small business owners from hair salons and barber shops, it will also look to theme park operators for advice on how to manage business as things begin to reopen. Demings noted that Disney could play a key role due to their experience as Orange County’s largest employer, as well as their experiences abroad with theme parks in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Demings stated about Disney’s global experience:
“They’ve experienced some things — in terms of the planning process — that I believe could be beneficial and constructive to us as we begin to respond to the very uniqueness of our county.”
Demings is working in conjunction with neighboring Seminole, Osceola, and Lake counties, since so many of their residents commute to Orange County for work.
At some point today, President Trump will be announcing his timetable for the governors of some states to possibly reopen some businesses before May 1. Plans for Orange County are expected to be announced on Friday. Disney has yet to make any official statements regarding a potential re-opening date or process.