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Florida theme parks, attractions respond to Gov. DeSantis' Phase 3 announcement

Posted at 8:14 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 20:31:23-04

Florida theme parks and attractions are responding after Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the state is entering Phase 3 of reopening on Friday, Sept. 25.

Effective immediately, restaurants and select businesses can operate at full capacity.

Phase 3 of Gov. DeSantis' "SAFE. SMART. STEP-BY-STEP PLAN" ensures Floridians that restaurants can reopen at a minimum 50% capacity if the local government prohibits them from reopening at full capacity.

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Gov. DeSantis also announced that he’s suspending all fines and penalties against people accused of not wearing masks.

Different Florida theme parks and attractions have responded to the announcement.

Here are the statements:

Walt Disney World Communications and Walt Disney World Resort

"We received the Governor’s executive order and are evaluating it to determine what it may mean for our business. We are not making any immediate changes. As a reminder, face coverings are still required at Walt Disney World Resort.”

LEGOLAND Florida Resort

"Since our reopening on June 1, LEGOLAND Florida Resort has safely welcomed families to play in our parks and stay in our resorts with enhanced health and safety measures, including more than 200 hand sanitizer locations, cashless payments, temperature checks upon arrival, and consistent cleaning practices. Our Resort and company leadership will continue to evolve these procedures and capacity management to remain in line with state and local government recommendations so families can continue to have the confidence to play safely at our Resort.

We are excited to provide a fun, safe place to celebrate Halloween at our Brick or Treat event in October with outdoor, contact-free trick-or-treating, exclusive LEGO® characters and seasonal shows."

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

"We plan to continue with our modified operations which include reduced capacity, enhanced sanitation, requiring masks in all indoor locations and ensuring that our guests maintain social distance at all times."

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

"Clearwater Marine Aquarium remains committed to the overall health and well-being of our guests, animals, staff, volunteers and interns. Given the Phase 3 announcement by the Governor, we will:

  • Maintain hourly timed ticketing to monitor capacity.
  • Continue to follow the County guidelines regarding mask use.
  • Recommend social distancing
  • Increase our capacity but still keep it at a lower level to allow for social distancing."

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