Much of the theme park is outdoors. There’s temperature checks, hand sanitizing stations, and six foot spacing between patrons in lines. Masks are required, and you can’t by walking and eating. You order food electronically before you can go inside to pick it up. And they’re limiting capacity.
If there’s anywhere that safety precaution are being taken seriously, it’s Disney.
Disney is probably a safer activity than alternatives, which means that Disney being open likely reduces spread of the virus.
You can wish that everyone who would go to Disney ‘just stay home’ instead, or that the U.S. government would ‘go full Wuhan’ (Marriott’s CEO wishes the U.S. were more like China). But that’s not within the realm of possible alternatives. The question is, at the margin are we getting more or less spread of Covid-19 with Disney open? And the answer is probably less.
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Florida’s virus spread has been flat or declining since Disney World re-opened a month ago. And nationally confirmed cases stopped growing and over the past few days have even fallen. Still tentative, and I was skeptical at first, but re-opening Disney seems like one of the more responsible decisions of the past several months.