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.
- 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.
Today after our @OrangeCoFL Economic Recovery Task Force meeting, I signed letters of recommendation for the re-opening of 12 local attractions. Their safety measures and plans were reviewed by our Div. of #BuildingSafety. The letters went to @GovRonDeSantis' Office. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/ZUdqoE5Yhj
— Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings (@OCFLMayor) May 21, 2020
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)