The coronavirus has already made plenty of cities, states and businesses — most notably the Apple Store — rethink and even reverse their reopening plans.
The four Walt Disney World theme parks just reopened on July 11, but Disney’s decision to re-close Hong Kong Disneyland means that the Florida location’s return could be short-lived.
Here’s what we know:
Hong Kong Disneyland closed again July 15 after being open about a month.
Coronavirus shut down Disney’s smallest theme park on Jan. 26, and it remained closed until June 18.
Hong Kong recently reported 52 new cases of coronavirus — which might not seem like much to us here in the U.S., but it was enough to get government officials to order closure.
New COVID-19 cases are at an all-time high in Florida.
If just 52 new cases were reason for alarm in Hong Kong, the more than 11,000 new cases a day in Florida since July 8 could be cause to shut things down again.
Florida lawmakers — and even some Disney employees — are pushing to revert back to the first phase of reopening, which would likely see Disney World empty again.
Disneyland in California remains closed due to coronavirus.
Disneyland initially planned for a July 17 reopening, but after California announced that they’d be issuing new guidelines for theme parks in the state after July 4, they abandoned that plan.
Now, in mid-July, there’s still no reopening date — and new cases in California averaged 8,300 per day since July 8.
That said, Anaheim’s Downtown Disney is in the midst of reopening.
In the meantime, Disney World is watching to see how new health measures pan out.
As part of Disney World’s reopening strategy, all visitors over the age of 3 and park employees will have to wear face masks. Disney World will be strictly enforcing this, providing masks to visitors who don’t bring their own. In addition to wearing masks, all guests have to make reservations for park entry in advance.
There will also be limited park capacity, social distancing rules, and not all attractions will reopen right away. Disney will be watching to see how well these measures pan out — although people on Twitter have already shared how difficult a time guests are having keeping social distance.
But even if Disney World closes again, you can bring the theme park to you.
Over the last few months we’ve been able to make Disney theme park recipes, buy Disney park merch, and watch new Disney movies from home — not a bad consolation prize while we wait for things to go back to “normal.”