FLORIDA Gov. Ron DeSantis said Disney is "far ahead of the curve" in terms of re-opening.

The governor's comments came days after beaches in Florida began to re-open amid the coronavirus pandemic, as other states are preparing to end some lockdown measures in coming weeks.


“It’s amazing the ideas that the businesses are already thinking about. They’ve been thinking deeply about this for weeks and weeks. There’s a lot of great ideas that I’ve already seen put on the table," DeSantis said on Fox News.

"I’m in discussions with places like Disney. They are so far ahead of the curve, and I think everyone wants to make sure that we do it safely," he said of the park.

He added that he thinks Disney will be "leading the way" as the state sets plans to begin opening under President Trump's three-step federal guidelines over coming weeks.

“And yeah, if you think about it, if you own a hotel in Miami, the last thing you want is to do a false negative and then have a small outbreak in your hotel. So they are very keen on safety and I think that they’re going to be leading the way on the innovation," he said of Disney.




"We’ll have some guidelines of course, but I think some of the businesses are going to go above and beyond…” DeSantis added.

Disney parks closed in mid-March amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

DeSantis' comments came just days after President Donald Trump outlined a federal plan for re-opening the country.

As Trump outlined the three-step plan that would allow states to gradually open over a series of weeks, he said as many as 29 states were on the verge of being back up and running.

Chairman Bob Iger himself has been in talks about precautions the parks may take upon opening.

"In order to return to some semblance of normal, people will have to feel comfortable that they’re safe," Iger told Barron's.

"Some of that could come in the form, ultimately, of a vaccine, but in the absence of that it could come from basically, more scrutiny, more restrictions.

He added: "Just as we now do bag checks for everybody that goes into our parks, it could be that at some point we add a component of that that takes people’s temperatures, as a for-instance."

Ahead of its official close, Disney World was slammed for hosting a "farewell party" in the midst of the outbreak.

With its parks closed for a month, Disney has stopped paying 100,000 workers.


Last week, Florida beaches began to open for exercise – despite the state seeing the largest increase in the number of COVID-19 cases since opening.

Within 30 minutes of allowing people, the sandy shores were flooded with crowds of people.

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