Preliminary Guidelines Released for Phased Reopening Stategy Outlined by Orange County’s Economic Recovery Task Force
5/4/2020 0 Comments
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis outlined his three-phase state reopening. Under his plan, the state can begin reopening businesses on Monday, May 4th. Under DeSantis’ plan, individual counties have flexibility to determine when and how they will handle the reopening.
Today the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force announced their own plans for a phased reopening of the Orlando area following the current “Shelter at Home” mandate, originally scheduled to expire today. According to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, Orange County will not begin the phased reopening on May 4th, though he will allow restaurants and retail shops to reopen as long as they do so in compliance with the governor’s order. Demings did not provide an exact date for the reopening of additional businesses. He also expressed concern that the May 4th date does not give businesses adequate time to prepare for safely reopening and wants to ensure that Orange County vendors are allowed the necessary time to get ready for a safe reopening of their establishments.
Nightly curfews will remain in effect in Orange County for the forseeable future and Universal Orlando will delay the opening of Universal Epic Universe by one year at this time.
The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force consists of four subgroups: The Guidelines for Reopening Business, Business Readiness Group, Compliance and Consumer Confidence Group, and Bringing Back Tourism Group. The will be meeting again later today and is expected to make an announcement tomorrow regarding initial plans for a reopening of the Orlando area.
Regardless of when Orange County decides to move forward with a reopening schedule, the recommendations for the operations of theme parks, hotels and restaurants outlined by the Governor will be upheld. At this time, those include the following:
Disney and Universal mandates:
Restaurants, including those located in theme parks:
Information obtained from the following sources: