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25% of Disney’s layoffs are coming from Disney World

Last week Disney announced they would be laying off 28,000 employees. At least a quarter of the layoffs planned will come from Florida according to a letter the company filed with state and local officials last week.

At least 6,390 nonunion Disney employees in Florida will be laid off starting in early December. The number of Florida layoffs, though, could grow as the company negotiates terms with a coalition of unions that represents 43,000 employees at Walt Disney World.

“Due to the continuing business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the very difficult decision to reduce our workforce,” Jim Bowden, a Disney vice president of employee relations said in the letter.

Two-thirds of the planned layoffs involve part-time workers and they range from salaried employees to hourly workers.

Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experience and Products, sent a letter to employees last week as well regarding the layoffs. He cited California’s “unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen” as exacerbating the company’s situation that led to the layoffs.

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These 3 States Are Now Under a NEW Travel Advisory For Entering AND Leaving Florida!

We know there’s been some confusion over the 14-day self-quarantine order which requires all New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut residents traveling to Florida to self-quarantine for two weeks upon entry into the state, which, at time of press, is still in effect.

These 3 States Are Now Under a NEW Travel Advisory For Entering AND Leaving Florida!

Walt Disney World Resort entrance

And we already know Disney World is taking every precaution to ensure its guests aren’t experiencing any symptoms of illness and requiring all resort guests regardless of which state they’re coming from to complete a Health Acknowledgment prior to their stay.

But now it appears things are getting even more complicated for residents of the tri-states. That’s because in addition to completing a required two-week quarantine upon arriving in Florida, tri-state residents now also being required to complete a 14-day quarantine when they return home. Theme park reporter Scott Gustin just confirmed this order on his Twitter account.

NEW: NY, NJ and Conn. just announced a 14-day quarantine for travelers from states with surging coronavirus cases.

“We are announcing a joint travel advisory. People coming from states with a high infection rate must quarantine for 14 days. ”

NEW: NY, NJ and Conn. just announced a 14-day quarantine for travelers from states with surging coronavirus cases.

“We are announcing a joint travel advisory. People coming from states with a high infection rate must quarantine for 14 days. ”

— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) June 24, 2020

Cases have been on the rise in nine states including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah, and Texas. According to the Governor of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo, in accordance with local health officials they’ve have established a new travel advisory for residents returning home from these states that have been identified as having a high infection rate.

These 3 States Are Now Under a NEW Travel Advisory For Entering AND Leaving Florida!

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The new criteria for the travel advisory that has been established is 10 infections per 100,000 residents on a seven-day rolling average or 10 percent of the state’s total population infected on rolling seven day average. Since Florida’s cases exceed this threshold, Cuomo has announced residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut must self-quarantine upon their return home after visiting the state of Florida. This means completing a required two weeks of self-quarantine BEFORE and AFTER your stay.

These 3 States Are Now Under a NEW Travel Advisory For Entering AND Leaving Florida!

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“We are announcing a joint travel advisory. People coming from states with a high infection rate must quarantine for 14 days, “ Cuomo said earlier today. This travel advisory includes not only travel to Florida, but the other eight states listed above as well.

We’ll continue to provide more updates on this developing travel advisory for tri-state residents.

 

Do you reside in a state that’s impacted by this new travel advisory? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Travelers Entering Florida from Connecticut, NJ, or NY must Self-Isolate for 14 days – Extended

Travelers Entering Florida from Connecticut, NJ, or NY must Self-Isolate for 14 days – Extended florida travel

Travelers from Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York who are wanting to visit the state of Florida must self-isolate for 14 days once they arrive in the state. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has extended the self-isolate order for travelers from those states.

This Executive Order does not apply to individuals involved in commercial activity and students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training, and any other activity or program approved by the educational institution.

All persons isolating or quarantining will be responsible for all costs associated with their isolation or quarantine. This includes transportation, lodging, food, medical care, and any other expenses to sustain the individual during their period of isolation or quarantine.

Roadside checkpoints are set up on interstates to check for potential COVID-19 cases coming into Florida from areas with substantial community spread of the virus. The checkpoints do not apply to commercial drivers or health workers.

Extended in Executive Order 20-139, travelers entering the state of Florida from Connecticut, New Jersey, or New York must self-isolate for 14 days from their entry into Florida or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter. Visit https://t.co/E7UM7vX9fk for more. pic.twitter.com/Kw806IOhZo

— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) June 11, 2020

There is no specific end date for this order so if you are wanting to travel to Florida, make sure you do some homework before planning your travel.

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Governor DeSantis Announces Mandatory Quarantine For Visitors from the New York Tri-State area

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Governor DeSantis is taking extra health precautions before Walt Disney World Resort reopens in July. He’s requesting visitors from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering the state. of Florida. Those planning Disney trips can continue reading to learn the official details.

Governor DeSantis directed all individuals entering the state of Florida from the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York) to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into Florida or the duration of the individual’s presence in Florida, whichever is shorter. This includes persons entering Florida by roadways.

  • This order was extended in Section 3 of Executive Order Number 20-139.
  • This Executive Order does not apply to individuals involved in commercial activity and students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training and any other activity or program approved by the educational institution.
  • All persons isolating or quarantining will be responsible for all costs associated with their isolation or quarantine. This includes transportation, lodging, food, medical care and any other expenses to sustain the individual during their period of isolation or quarantine.
  • Roadside checkpoints are set up on interstates to check for potential COVID-19 cases coming into Florida from areas with substantial community spread of the virus. The checkpoints do not apply to commercial drivers or health workers.

Source: Florida Health COVID19

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Governor Ron DeSantis announces Florida will move to Phase 2 in its reopening process

Florida Phase 2 Reopening

In a Press Conference, today at Universal Studios Orlando Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida will move to Phase 2 in its reopening process effective Friday, June 5th, 2020!

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Posted by Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Phase 2 means that bars, movie theaters, and concert venues can now operate at 50% occupancy, retail stores, restaurants, and gyms can now operate at full capacity, and gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted.

Schools and organized youth activities can now reopen as well.

Phase 2 reopening

The state of Florida was required to have two weeks of a sustained drop in COVID-19 cases before moving to Phase 2 reopenings.

In case you missed it Disney Annual Passholder Preview has been announced for Walt Disney World Theme Parks Reopening starting on July 11th!

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News! Florida’s Vacation Rentals Near Disney World Have Been Approved to Reopen

After being shuttered for many months, Florida is well into Phase One of its gradual reopening.

Disney Springs

Just yesterday, we saw several third-party restaurants and shops resume business at Disney Springs and last week Universal Studios’ CityWalk took its first reopening steps. But while Disney and Universal-owned hotels and theme parks will remain closed until further notice, some vacation rental properties in the area have just been given the green light to start reopening.

According to News 6 WKMG, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has approved an outline that was submitted to him last week allowing Osceola County vacation rentals to reopen.

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“We appreciate the quick review of our plan and the State’s realization that the vacation rental home sector is a massive part of our economy,” Osceola County Chairwoman Viviana Janer said. “We know that this action will have a ripple effect in our community as there are so many small businesses that support the vacation rental market – from housekeepers to lawn and pool maintenance workers, to security staff and caterers, to property managers and companies that handle the numerous details that surround a successful vacation.”

Earl of Sandwich

Osceola County, a major tourist destination that comprises a portion of Walt Disney World Resort, has over 30,000 licensed vacation home rentals.

City Works

Osceola Country included some of the key details in the plan they gave to Florida’s Governor which included:

  • Property owners and managers have to adopt guidelines that are in place for businesses
  • They must follow reopen guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting for all lodging
  • Property owners will be asked to provide coronavirus guidance on local restrictions put in place during a guest stay
  • Any guest coming from a highly-infected area must reserve a minimum stay of 14 nights and follow CDC’s self-quarantine guidelines
  • Vacation rentals are not allowed to be used for gatherings that exceed the maximum occupancy

So far, Osceola County is the first to have its plan passed by Governor Ron DeSantis. We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops.

Are you planning to visit Florida soon? Let us know in the comments below. 

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News: Walt Disney World Will Propose Reopening Date and Plan Tomorrow

As of now, Orlando area theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando have not announced reopening dates.

Florida Palms

Universal Orlando’s CityWalk and Disney Springs have reopened certain retail and dining locations to guests and SeaWorld is performing test runs of their coasters with masked riders — but none of these companies have shared a timeline for reopening their theme parks.

Florida stepped into “full Phase One” of the state’s reopening plan this past Monday allowing restaurants, retail, museums, and libraries to increase capacity to 50%. In this phase, amusement parks are not cleared to open, but Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, requested for theme parks to submit plans for reopening after they have been endorsed by local officials.

Orlando

This process begins tomorrow, May 21st, as the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force plans to meet and listen to the theme parks’ presentations on how and when they plan to reopen.

Florida

The Mayor of Orange County, Jerry Demings, is required to sign off on these plans before they will be presented to Governor DeSantis. We will keep you updated as we learn more!

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SeaWorld Orlando Tested Their Mako Coaster With Masked Riders Today!

Although Disney Springs is set to begin a phased re-opening tomorrow, May 20th, and Universal Orlando’s CityWalk has re-opened to the public, Florida’s major theme parks still remain closed.

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No opening dates have been announced for Disney World, Universal Orlando, or SeaWorld Orlando, but SeaWorld appears to already be prepping for guests to return.

The Orlando Sentinel spoke with Dan Leavelle, who was passing by the park earlier this morning. He caught a glimpse of one of the park’s coasters, Mako, racing around the track carrying masked passengers.

Mako Coaster in SeaWorld Florida ©DanLeavelle

The coaster reaches 73 miles per hour and features a 200 foot drop. Leavelle reports he watched for about an hour and through about 30 run-throughs, he didn’t see any masks fall off. Dan Leavelle runs Midway Mayhem and posted a video of the test runs on his YouTube.

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A SeaWorld representative confirmed the park was testing the coaster, but did not have any additional information on a re-opening timeline. We will keep you updated as we learn more about SeaWorld, Disney World, and Universal Orlando’s re-opening dates!

Would you ride a coaster if masks were required? Let us know in the comments!

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