It would be fair to suggest millions of people “travel in and out” of Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando every year.
So with the Coronavirus spreading internationally, Central Florida’s theme parks are keeping close tabs on developments.
This past Tuesday, senior health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) warned that the Coronavirus will “certainly spread” in the U.S. and that American’s need to prepare.
“It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but more really a question of when happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness,” Dr Nancy Messonnier, Director, CDCP’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said.
When it comes to Florida, where the tourism industry is a crucial element of the economy, the virus’s possible impact on travel is a major worry.
Even though there have been confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in the state, the theme parks are following developments closely.
“The health and safety of our guests and Team Members is our top priority,” Universal Orlando spokeswoman Alyson Lundell said in a statement to Spectrum News 13 (SN13).
“We are in contact with health officials and others in our industry and we are closely monitoring the situation.”
SeaWorld CEO Serge Rivera said the park’s hasn’t seen a noticeable impact to business from the virus. However, a SeaWorld spokesperson said that the company is in contact with health officials ensure guests and employee safety.
“The health and safety of [SeaWorld Orlando] guests, ambassadors, and animals is our top priority,” the SeaWorld spokesperson said in an email to SN13.
“In matters pertaining to public health, our parks take direction from Florida Department of Health or other state agency and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We employ rigorous sanitation standards across our parks…”
“…At this time no additional measures are currently prescribed for our location. However, we will continue to collaborate with health officials, monitor the situation for changes and will act accordingly.”
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Let’s now talk about Walt Disney World! (Disney World) Several employees who recently came back from a trip to Italy were told to stay at home.
A spokesperson said the decision was “out of an abundance of caution” as there are no suspected cases of Coronavirus at Disney World.