Despite plans to send health officials to Disney World this week, it turns out Governor Newsom has already sent “undercover” teams to the parks.
Yesterday’s Press Conference
In a press conference yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom shared plans to send health officials to Disney World this week. They would gain first-hand knowledge of how the parks are operating and gain insight as to how they can reopen in California.
Disneyland and other theme parks in California remain closed due to the restrictive reopening guidelines the state has put forth. Newsom has said they are taking a health-based approach to reopening. The Chief Medical Officer of Disney rejected those claims that seemed to imply Disney Parks around the world were not taking every precaution possible.
However, it seems as if California already sent those health officials to Disney World last week.
The OC Register reports:
“We sent health officials to open and operating theme parks out of state last week, independently of operators, to assess the health safeguards in practice,” according to California Health and Human Services Agency spokesperson Kate Folmar. “These visits will help inform our pending theme park guidance.”
A key phrase in that statement is “independently of operators.” This suggests they visited without telling Disney World officials ahead of time.
Good Timing on Disney World’s Part
This independent visit coincided with Disney World adding new signage throughout the parks along with new overhead announcements.
Signs that read “Guests not properly wearing an approved mask will be asked to leave” are located all around The Walt Disney World Resort.
Similar overhead announcements can also be heard periodically throughout the day at all four theme parks.