Walt Disney World Orlando Still on Schedule to Re-Open in July — Despite Florida Shutting All Bars Due to COVID-19 Spike

The Walt Disney Co.’s high-profile Walt Disney World resort near Orlando remains on schedule to re-open in July despite increases in coronavirus infections in the state of Florida. Indeed, the sunshine state June 25 saw a record 9,000 new single-day infections recorded.

Halsey Beshears, secretary of the Department of Business & Professional Regulation, early June 26 announced on social media that, “Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.”

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Disney, which has delayed re-opening Disneyland and Disney California Advernture theme parks in Anaheim, Calif., after state officials refused to give the green light, could soon reverse policy in Florida.

“I wouldn’t rule it out at this stage. I wouldn’t rule anything out,” Rick Niles, editor of, told Fox 13 News.

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Niles said that with virus infections spiking in parts of the country, people should wear masks when outdoors and around other people.

“We need everyone to wear a mask in public because this pandemic is so widespread in so many communities that containing it immediately must be our top national priority,” Niles wrote in a June 25 post. “Until we have universal and frequent testing to know exactly who is, or is not, infectious at any given moment, we need to just assume that everyone might be. So everyone should wear a mask when near others outside their household.”

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