Mayor Demings Puts Orange County Into State of Emergency over Rising Covid-19 Numbers


Today Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has declared a state of emergency as new COVID-19 cases rise in the area.  According to the Orlando Sentinel the area saw “1,371 new infections yesterday, the most ever reported in a single day, as hospitalizations creep closer to record highs of last July.”

As a result Demings has stated that county employees have until the last day of August to get at least the first dose of a vaccine. Employees and visitors will also be required to wear masks in county facilities.

He’s asking private businesses to do the same.

So far Disney and Universal have not announced changes to their guidelines. Right now at Walt Disney World vaccinated guests must wear masks on the Disney transportation except for the ferry boats.

Unvaccinated people are currently required to wear masks at indoor theaters, restaurants and attractions, but let’s be honest. Hardly anyone is wearing the masks.

Here are the current guidelines as of 6:45 PM 7/28/2021

Now everyone is waiting to see what Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando do in this situation. Will get continue as they’ve been or will they reinstate the masks.

In contrast to Orlando, Universal Studios Hollywood already reinstated indoor mask requirements a couple of weeks ago.

Also, it’s worth noting that Walt Disney World keeps adding more theme park reservation capacity and now it could become and issue with the increase in cases.

Keep this all in mind if you are planning to visit the area.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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