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In an effort to encourage more tourists coming into Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis announced today that the 14 day quarantine period for travelers coming into Florida will be lifted. Read on for details.
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Governor Ron DeSantis has rescinded the executive order requiring travelers from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to Florida.
Travel to Florida Limited By Quarantines
Many guests who would like to visit Walt Disney World have been unable to do so because of the quarantine orders. Guests from New York would have had to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to Florida AND quarantine for 14 days upon returning to their home state.
Most travelers do not have 5 weeks of vacation time to use, so this policy on both ends stymied travel from the New York tri-state area.
With Governor DeSantis lifting the requirement, travelers from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut would only have to quarantine upon their return home. While not ideal, some of the affected guests would be able to work from home during the 14 day quarantine period.
Lifting Quarantine will Encourage Tourism
During Disney’s third quarter financial phone call on Tuesday, CEO Bob Chapek indicated that the Florida Coronavirus situation has altered the make up of guests in the Disney Parks. He said that around half of the guests are local right now, which is not ideal from a revenue standpoint.
His comments comparing out of state vacationers to Passholders in terms of their “relative value” was not well received by many Annual Passholders.
The lifting of this order will allow more guests to be able to travel from the New York area and stay in Disney resorts, which will help Disney make up some of the lost revenue from the third quarter.
-Rebecca W Davis