Amusement Parks Amid COVID-19

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Design By: Ethan Glaid

Even over six months after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, major amusement parks Disney World and Universal Studios, are being impacted. Restrictions and necessary changes are still being implemented for the safety of both the staff and the public.

In early March of this year, Disney World and Universal Studios were forced to close their doors due to the extent of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, Universal Studios was able to reopen as early as June, and Disney World in early July, with new restrictions set in place to keep everyone safe.

The Disney World theme parks have been forced to cut back on the number of guests allowed to allow for social distancing and reduced risk of exposure to COVID-19. Some restrictions that guests have to adhere to include required face coverings and temperature screenings. Tools such as physical barriers and ground markings are being implemented to encourage social distancing inside the parks as well. The usual character meet-and-greets have also been removed to avoid unnecessary contact between guests and staff.

Universal Studios has similar safety measures set in place as well, including required face covering, temperature checks and social distancing guidelines. Signs have been placed throughout the parks to remind guests to wash and sanitize hands regularly as well.

Even though COVID-19 is still affecting amusement parks Disney World and Universal Studios, the staff of both parks is looking out for all visitor’s safety to try and ensure a worry-free vacation. This also means that anyone who visits these parks needs to be doing their part to keep themselves and everyone else safe while these measures are being implemented.