Disneyland Paris Cast Member Tests Positive For Coronavirus- Park to Remain Open

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(Photo Credit: The Sun)

We do have some news from Disneyland Paris.

Apparently a maintenance worker has tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend.

The park will remain open and the park will monitor the staff that had been in contact with the worker. Disney officials insist that it’s safe because the maintenance worker did not have contact with guests.

The Sun reached out about the issue and a Disney Spokesperson said:

We have been notified that a cast member who works backstage and does not have contact with guests has tested positive and is receiving treatment.

We have been in regular contact with the local health authorities and continue to implement preventive measures in line with their recommendations to help protect our guests and cast members.

This was bound to happen at some point. France has a ban on large gatherings of more than 1,000 people, yet Disneyland Paris was allowed to remain open.

Hopefully they are right, and since he was backstage it’s not an issue, but if he had contact with other employees who had contact with guests, it could still be a problem.

Now there has been a statement released from the Disneyland Paris Doctors Dr. Cyril Warmberg and Dr. Nicolas Duport:

As you may know from the news, COVID-19, commonly known as novel coronavirus 2019, has become a more widespread concern. As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of our cast, guests and the larger community, we are carefully monitoring this evolving situation and are in regular contact with health agencies for information and guidance. Disneyland Paris is welcoming guests as usual and we continue to implement preventive measures in line with the recommendations of health authorities.

Disneyland Paris has high standards of cleanliness, which assists with illness prevention, and we have health and safety protocols in place, such as:

  • Training for cast members, with ongoing reinforcement on a regular basis
  • Defined cycles for frequent cleaning and disinfection of targeted areas
  • Easy access to handwashing facilities and hand sanitizers
  • Quick response to spills, trash and other situations
  • End of day sanitation procedures for restroom, kitchen, and other facilities
  • Frequent cleaning and “wash down” of outdoor locations, including walkways and queues

Additionally, our onsite health teams and leaders are communicating with our cast members about illness prevention, including the health authorities’ recommendations for everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs such as:

  • Staying home and wearing a mask when sick (upon medical prescription)
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available)
  • Following proper respiratory cough etiquette (i.e. cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or tissue, not your hands)
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Refraining from shaking hands and hugging or kissing when meeting someone
  • There is more detailed information about illness prevention on these health authority websites:

    Thank you,

    Dr. Cyril Warmberg
    Medical Doctor
    Disneyland Paris

    Dr Nicolas Duport
    Medical Doctor
    Disneyland Paris

Currently the United States parks are still fine and have no reported cases within their boundaries. Even if they did I doubt Disney would shut them down. Just use your own judgement if you are in France or if the US parks would have confirmed cases in the future.

It seems to be most dangerous to high risk categories of individuals. Just keep an eye on the news and just do what makes you comfortable.

What do you think? Comment and let us know.

Source: The Sun, WDWNT-update

Kambrea Pratt
Disney has been a big part of my life for years--from family trips to WDW to growing up on Disney classics, TV, and movies. Prior to Pirates and Princesses I successfully ran social media and websites since 2010. I've also been a public speaker and presenter since 2007. I'm the co-host for the YouTube channel Clownfish TV as well as the podcast/ Youtube Pirates and Princesses (PNP) channel. Former contributor, online personality and acting social media manager at The Kingdom Insider (which we built from the ground up and ran from 1997-2019 --Thom didn't quit FYI) Pirates and Princesses was started by my husband and I several years ago. We loved Disney and wanted to honestly cover all aspects from pop-culture to the parks from a consumer focused stance. Living OUR happily ever after getting to do what we love with our two kids! Creating fun content and building new things. Certified art teacher, and mom. Opinions are all mine.

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