PHOTOS: Jaleo by José Andrés Reopens With New Social Distancing Measures at Disney Springs

We learned earlier today that Jaleo by José Andrés would be reopening at Disney Springs, so we had to go check them out. The restaurant is currently showing hours from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM Thursdays through Saturdays, and 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Sundays.

Outside, the restaurant has the standard brown social distancing markers as the rest of Disney Springs. If the interior queue gets too long, it can extend to these markers.

Signs on the doors advertise that the dining room is now open, and ask guests to adhere to social distancing protocol.

Another sign states that no one with a fever, COVID-19 symptoms, or known exposure to the virus in the last 14 days is permitted inside the restaurant. This sign is also placed on a counter inside the restaurant.

Employees are wearing masks and there is hand sanitizer available.

Inside, blue tape acts as social distancing markers up to the counter.

The merchandise counter has a Plexiglass barrier.

Jaleo has set up rolling Plexiglass dividers to go between tables, instead of pushing tables further apart or limiting seating.

These dividers are entirely transparent so guests won’t feel too claustrophobic. They have wheels so employees can roll them to different locations depending on how busy the restaurant is.

A QR code on tables allows guests to access an online menu instead of the handheld menu.

Jaleo is one of our favorite Disney Springs restaurants, so make sure to read our review of the menu. Throughout the pandemic, Chef José Andrés, in conjunction with the World Central Kitchen, has helped cook, package, and deliver thousands of meals to healthcare workers, first responders, and Orlando residents in need as part of ongoing relief efforts.

Are you excited to return to Jaleo by José Andrés? Let us know in the comments.

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Eric L
Eric L
1 year ago

Plexiglass between tables is disappointing. I want people far from me, not just on the other side of some junky window.