Orange County Reduces Physical Distancing Guidelines- Could Open Door For Increased Theme Park Capacity

(Photo Credit: My News 13)

Today Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings gave an update on the new guidelines and phases being rolled out for Orange County.

Phase 1 which is effective immediately, indicated that social distancing guidelines will now allow for three-feet of separation between people instead of the previous six-feet of separation.

As such, theme parks should be able to increase capacity if they wished to do so.

So far none of the theme parks have changed their set capacity limits. They may not change them for awhile yet, but given summer is coming and Universal Orlando has the new VelociCoaster launching soon, we might see some announcements in the near future.

Phase 2 will go into effect when 50% of the population 16+ and over receive their first dose of the vaccine. Then the facial covering mandate for outdoors will be lifted for all individuals. Indoor face coverings, unless eating or drinking, will still be enforced. The three-feet social distancing rule will continue.

Phase 3 will occur when 70% of Orange County residents 16+ receive their first vaccination shot and/or all of Orange County’s rolling rolling positivity rate is 5% or below.  Then all mandates will be lifted.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: My News 13

Pirates & Princesses (PNP) is an independent, opinionated fan-powered news blog that covers Disney and Universal Theme Parks, Themed Entertainment and related Pop Culture from a consumer's point of view. Opinions expressed by our contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of PNP, its editors, affiliates, sponsors or advertisers. PNP is an unofficial news source and has no connection to The Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal or any other company that we may cover.

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 2017-2019 --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.