In an interview with CNBC, Mayor Jerry Demings indicated that he will be approving Universal Orlando’s reopening plan, and that Disney will be presenting their plan sometime next week.

What’s Happening:

  • In the interview Mayor Demings said he will be approving the plan for Universal Orlando.
  • The mayor will be submitting a notice to the governor approving their plan tomorrow morning.
  • He says the theme parks have been cooperative and have proper screening, sanitization, and social distancing protocols.
  • The low rate of infections in Orange County is driving the mayor’s decision making process.
  • Demings says Disney indicated that they will be presenting to the Economic Recovery Task Force next week, but the date is not yet determined.
  • He credits Disney shutting down, and the other parks following suit, for the low infection rate in Central Florida.

Catch up quick:

  • The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force approved plans for Universal Orlando and some small attractions to reopen.
  • These recommendations were sent to the mayor who approved them.
  • The plans for Universal Orlando will  be sent to the governor of Florida for final approval.
  • The approval letters for 12 smaller attractions have already been sent to the governor
  • Universal expects to open to the general public on June 5, following a soft opening period.

About Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings:

  • First African-American elected Orange County Mayor (2018)
  • First African-American elected Orange County Sheriff (2008-2018)
  • Orange County Public Safety Director (2002-2008)
  • First black chief of Orlando Police Department (1998-2002)