On 7th July, the Washington Post reported that, at the time, one in every 100 Floridians was infected by COVID-19, no doubt due to the state’s liberal reopening policies. The latest announcement in Florida’s swift reopening came last week when Orlando’s Disney World announced it would reopen during the weekend. Now, according to the Florida Department of Health’s latest numbers, there are almost 300,000 cases, with about 20,000 hospitalisations.
Once again, Disney claims its spot as one of the top symbols of American excess. On Saturday, the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom reopened. Hollywood Studios and Epcot will follow on Wednesday. The plan is, supposedly, to ensure safety with temperature checks, mask requirements, 4,000 hand sanitiser stations, regular encouragement for people to wash their hands, and empty seats on rides to encourage social distancing.
But on Sunday, Florida saw the country’s biggest single-day spike of coronavirus cases to date, which makes reopening something as flagrantly non-essential as an amusement park feel tone-deaf, if not downright negligent. And it’s infuriating locals as well as far-away netizens. The tweets speak for themselves.
As is almost tradition, the reopening announcement got the horror movie trailer treatment.
This joke should not be funny, but reopening one of the nation’s biggest amusement parks in the middle of a pandemic has shattered any notion of decency.
But it would be unfair to blame the spikes on just Disney World. Universal Studios has had open parks since 5th June.
Even the horse knows it’s smarter to not be there.