Walt Disney World Resort on Wednesday announced it will phase out temperature screening. Starting with Cast members on May 8, 2021, followed by Guests starting May 16, 2021. “We will continue to follow the guidance of health and safety leaders going forward and most importantly encourage people to get vaccinated,” Disney said in a prepared statement.
Since July 11, 2021, Walt Disney World has put in place enhanced health and safety measures. With social distancing, temperature checks at each entrance, and mask requirements among other protocols. A temperature of over 100.4 degrees and Disney would let you sit in a cool-down tent for 10 minutes and check again. If it still did not fall below 100.4 you were refused entry.
On April 30 2021 Orange County Health Officer Dr. Raul Pino Tweeted “The Department of Health is not recommending temperature checks as they waste resources on something that doesn’t necessarily prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
On May 3, 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed an executive order invalidating local emergency orders and COVID-19 restrictions. Disney quickly followed up with a reminder that masks are still required on Walt Disney Resort property.
In the statement from Disney, they advised “Before you leave home, be sure to check the temperatures of everyone in your party-including yourself-as an extra layer of precaution,”
You can read the whole statement from Disney below.
Universal Orlando Making Changes to COVID Measures
Starting tomorrow, May 6, Universal Orlando is eliminating temperature screenings and moving social distancing to 3 feet instead of 6.
“The health and safety of our guests and team members is always our top priority. We continue to review the CDC guidelines and work with local health officials as we update our health and safety protocols,” Universal said.
Most of Universal Orlando’s original safety protocols remain in place. Face coverings are still required and enhanced cleaning and sanitation will remain