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As Walt Disney World prepares to reopen on Saturday, Florida recorded the largest weekly increase in coronavirus cases in the country.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state has increased nearly 67,000 cases in the past 7 days. According to data from the Florida Department of Health, there are more than 206,000 cases across the state, and Sunshine State is a hot spot for coronavirus.

Orlando is located approximately 30 minutes northeast of Disney World, and its Florida coronavirus cases are second only to Miami in number. On Monday, as Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez stopped eating at restaurants, closed gyms, party spaces, and short-term rentals, Miami began to delay reopening.

Disney delayed the opening of Disneyland in California on July 17, partly because the state also saw a surge in coronavirus cases.

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However, for Disneyland, the reopening this weekend is still proceeding as planned.

Governor Ron DeSantis (Ron DeSantis) removed concerns about reopening the theme park on Monday.

He said at a press conference: “There is no doubt that this will be a safe environment.”

The union representing hundreds of stage actors working in Disney World is not so confident.

Kate Sindel, chairman of the Actors Rights Association, told “USA Today”: “I can’t imagine anyone thinking it would be wise to reopen the theme park this week.”

Joseph Khabbaza, a lung and intensive care specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, said that if people stay away from others, wash their hands and use hand sanitizer, don’t touch their faces often and wear masks, the park should be for tourists safe.

He added that this will depend on compliance and enforcement.

Kabzaza said: “This kind of transmission really happens where people stand side by side.” “Things can be enforced in resorts.”

He said the surge in coronavirus in Florida was caused by young people crowding restaurants, bars and beaches after reopening in the state (although the country has banned drinking in bars again since then).

He said: “I think Disney’s situation is very different.” He said that this will be their house, and therefore their rules.

A Disney spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Disney World announced in late May that it will reopen the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11th, and then restart Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15.

Within weeks of Disney’s announcement, a surge in coronavirus cases has come.

Disney World is open to the public at the same time, and will also host the National Basketball Association and the Major League Soccer. Both sports league players are preparing to resume their seasons.

Last week, the NBA said that its 25 players and 10 employees had positive coronavirus tests. Several MLS players also tested positive.

The best player in the league, Carlos Vela of Los Angeles Football Club, announced on Twitter on Monday that he will not travel to Orlando to participate in any games.

Vera tweeted: “For the health of the whole family, staying at home with my wife during a dangerous pregnancy is in the best interest.” “I will miss opportunities to be with my teammates and coaches, but I will Cheers and support for LAFC in the distance.”

Disney is taking precautions in the park, requiring tourists and employees over two years old to carry out temperature checks and wear masks. A team of cast members will strengthen the distance to society and mask requirements. Disney has cancelled fireworks, parades, parties and other activities that encourage large group gatherings. Although Disney did not provide specific figures or percentages, the park will operate in the event of insufficient capacity. (When the company reopened its first part in Shanghai, China in May, CEO Bob Chapek said it would limit the capacity of tourists to less than 30%, or 24,000 people.)

Despite this, the Actors Fair Association still hopes that Disney will test the stage actors it represents.

Shindle said: “We are still actively advocating our members to test, as part of their recovery work.”

Shindle cited Broadway actor Nick Cordero’s death on Sunday as an example to illustrate the devastating effect of the virus. Cordero, 41, has been hospitalized since March and was amputated due to blood clots and infection of both lungs.

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Those who survive the coronavirus may suffer permanent lung damage.

Hindel said: “This is not a disease that cannot be taken lightly.” “Even if you are lucky to survive, it can have a long-term impact on your life as a performer.”

Khabaza, who treats coronavirus patients, said that anyone on Disney’s property, be it an actor, athlete or visitor, should be okay as long as they follow the guidelines and are implemented by Disney.

He warned: “Only one outbreak or outbreak centered on Disney can be started without shutting down.”


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