Orange County Mayor States Businesses, Including Walt Disney World, Could Be Closed Through Early June
As the extended closure of Walt Disney World Resort continues, guests and Cast Members alike clamor for a potential reopening date. We’ve turned to financial analysts and calendar updates for possible clues, but the reality is, no one really knows for certain when the parks––or even the rest of the nation––will return to normal. That being said, someone who is fairly familiar with the Orlando economy has given his current guesstimate regarding the ongoing closures, and that’s Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.
As the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic peak throughout Central Florida, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings says that local hospitals are seeing fewer patients admitted for COVID-19. Local businesses, including the theme parks, are eager to reopen their doors once the stay-at-home order is lifted, and according to Click Orlando, the mayor believes it could be another two months before any reopenings.
In a live town hall with Click Orlando, Demings stated the following regarding current restrictions and possible reopenings:
“I believe, given the models, it could be June — early June — where we see some relaxing of the restrictions in place. But they would have to stay in place to some degree through late summer.”
Government officials like Mayor Demings are trying their best to gauge when it’s safe enough to let people go back to work and resume their lives. With social distancing guidelines still in place and likely to be extended as well, it’s likely that businesses like Walt Disney World will have to adapt to them in order to operate upon reopening. In the meantime, Walt Disney World Resort remains closed “until further notice”, with only essential Cast Members reporting to the property––with face masks.