Though Shanghai Disney Resort is working on a gradual reopening, in the United States all theme parks remain closed, with no reopening target in sight. And though reports suggest that Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort have been eyeing a June 1 potential reopening date, some recent comments from government officials, including the President of the United States, seem to indicate that it could be MUCH  longer before we'll be able to enter a Disney park.

California governor not optimistic about summer mass gatherings

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Earlier this week California Governor Gavin Newsom said that unless a massive drop of of positive COVID-19 cases happens in the near future, mass gatherings will not be possible in the state and herd immunity and large-scale events that bring in hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of strangers in June, July and August will be "unlikely" to occur. Though Newsom did not specifically mention theme parks, considering Disneyland Resort attracts thousands of guests per day, it seems like the resort won't be able to open under these guidelines any time soon. 

Florida Surgeon General advises continued social distancing

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Though Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has not issued specific guidelines for the state after May 1, Florida's Surgeon General Scott A. Rivkees recently stated that social distancing measures will be needed until a vaccine is developed for COVID-19. And while some kind of social distancing could come to Walt Disney World, the sort of aggressive measures that would be required to continue to contain the spread of COVID-19 if the pandemic continues into the summer would simply not be possible at a theme park, even with the most stringent guidelines. 

And though these guidelines are fairly vague, recent directives from the President of the United States are a little bit more clear about when we could expect places like Disney theme parks to reopen


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