Walt Disney World and Universal Studios to End Temperature Checks for Staff and Visitors

Walt Disney World Resorts announced this week that it will begin to phase out temperature checks at parks and facilities before the end of the month.

The theme parks and related resorts will end temperature screenings for cast members on May 8 and for visiting guests on May 16, according to an announcement on Disney’s website. The change comes as Florida begins to make adjustments to its local coronavirus regulations.

On Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order suspending the state’s remaining Covid-19 public health restrictions. Private businesses can still mandate face coverings and physical distancing, among other safety measures, at their discretion.

Walt Disney World Resorts’ Covid-19 precautions have been in place since they reopened in July of 2020, according to Disney’s statement.

“Since reopening, we have considered guidance from public health authorities, government agencies, and our own team of health and safety experts as we assess and update health and safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Disney said in the statement.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Hayley Vaughn