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
Dr. Cyril Warmberg
Dr Nicolas Duport
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.
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