Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Reiterates That Walt Disney World is Safe to Reopen
In a press conference held this afternoon, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis lauded the procedures and precautions being taken by the central Florida theme parks that have reopened, like Universal Orlando Resort, or are about to reopen, as Walt Disney World will tomorrow for the start of its Cast Member previews.
When asked about the safety of theme park reopenings, DeSantis emphasized the measures in place at the theme parks:
The theme parks have been doing great. I mean, Universal… if you look at what they’re doing… and that’s, I think, the lesson: We have to have society function. You can have society function in a way that keeps people safe. And when you have all of the different procedures that they have in place, people are going to be—it’s a safe environment. Disney, I have no doubt is going to be a safe environment. I think that where you start to see the spread is just in social situations where people let their guard down. Usually like a private party or something like that. So that’s kind of what we’ve seen. But I think that the folks that put a premium on safety, that’s showing you that, you know, we’re able to handle this, have society function, you still want people going to work… but do it in a way that takes some basic precautions. I’m really impressed with what Universal’s done, and I’ve looked at Disney’s plan and it is very, very thorough.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
When asked at what point he’d consider closing down the theme parks again, he reiterated the need to focus on high-risk groups, and that for the general population, “Doing the basic things will go a long way.”
You can watch the full press conference in the video below. The video starts at the opening of the floor for questions, which is when the governor was asked about his stance on Walt Disney World reopening: