And with that the meeting is adjourned.

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In his closing comments, Mayor Demings says the meeting has been very informative. He once again thanks the theme parks.

5/27/2020 9:01 AM Pacific Time

The next meeting for the Task Force will be June 3rd at 2pm ET.

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Based on the survey, Orange County's consultants believe that consumers are more comfortable patronizing business that take health and safety measures, that economic conditions have changed, and that there is an optimism regarding a recovery.

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Question: In your opinion, prices for typical weekly purchases during the past two months have...

Risen A Lot: 19%

Risen Moderately: 27%

Risen Slightly: 26%

Remained Stable: 19%

Fallen: 5%

Don't Know: 4%

5/27/2020 8:52 AM Pacific Time

Question: In your opinion, the number of people unemployed in Orange County over the next six months will...

Increase Sharply: 20%

Increase Slightly: 30%

Remain Stable: 9%

Fall Slightly: 29%

Fall Sharply: 11%

5/27/2020 8:51 AM Pacific Time

Question: How do you expect the general economic situation in Orange County to develop over the next 12 months? It will...

Get A Lot Better: 15%

Get A Little Better: 34%

Remained Stable: 9%

Get A Little Worse: 24%

Get A Lot Worse: 18%

5/27/2020 8:50 AM Pacific Time

Question: In your opinion, your overall standard of living because of COVID-19 has...

Gotten A Lot Better: 2%

Gotten A Little Better: 4%

Remained Stable: 42%

Gotten A Little Worse: 32%

Gotten A Lot Worse: 20%

5/27/2020 8:49 AM Pacific Time

Question: How do you think the general economic situation in Orange County has changed for you because of COVID-19? It has...

Gotten A Lot Better: 2%

Gotten A Little Better: 4%

Remained Stable: 26%

Gotten A Little Worse: 30%

Gotten A Lot Worse: 38%

 

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Question: Would you attend a gathering of more than 100 people if all safety/health precautions were taken?

Yes: 27%

No: 61%

I Don't Care: 11%

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Question: Would you attend a gathering of more than 50 people if all safety/health precautions were taken?

Yes: 32%

No: 53%

I Don't Care: 15%

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Question: Are you more likely to shop in a store or dine at a restaurant that conducts daily temperature checks of all employees and patrons?

Yes: 56%

No: 31%

I Don't Care: 13%

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Question: Are you more likely to shop in a store or dine at a restaurant that conducts daily temperature checks of all employees?

Yes: 66%

No: 20%

I Don't Care: 14%

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Question: Are you more likely to shop in a store or dine at a restaurant that enforces a policy requiring all employees and patrons to wear masks/face coverings at all times?

Yes: 65%

No: 25%

I Don't Care: 10%

5/27/2020 8:43 AM Pacific Time

Question: Are you more likely to shop in a store or dine at a restaurant that enforces a policy requiring all employees to wear masks/face coverings at all times?

Yes: 69%

No: 17%

I Don't Care: 13%

5/27/2020 8:43 AM Pacific Time

Question: How likeley are you to shop in a store in the next 3 to 4 weeks?

Very Unlikely: 20%

Unlikely: 15%

Neutral (Not Sure): 13%

Likeley: 24 %

Very Likely: 28%

5/27/2020 8:41 AM Pacific Time

Question: How likely are you to dine at a restaurant in the next 3 to 4 weeks?

Very Unlikely: 38%

Unlikely: 19%

Neutral (Not Sure): 12%

Likeley: 12 %

Very Likely: 19%

5/27/2020 8:41 AM Pacific Time

Question: How concerned are you about business enforcing social distancing guidelines and other proper COVID-19 prevention health protocols (e.g., wearing masks/face coverings)?

Not Concerned: 18%

Somewhat Concerned: 17%

Concerned: 19%

Very Concerned: 45%

5/27/2020 8:40 AM Pacific Time

Here are the questions and the results.

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Next is a presentation on the Orange County Consumer Confidence Survey.

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The recommendation to have the Orange County Convention Center make a presentation has been approved.

5/27/2020 8:37 AM Pacific Time

The iFLY Orlando and Orlando Watersports Center reopening plans have been approved.

5/27/2020 8:33 AM Pacific Time

Both iFLY and Orlando Watersports demonstrated the ability to implement their plan as presented during their site inspection.

5/27/2020 8:32 AM Pacific Time

The working group also has a recommendation that the Orange County Convention Center makes a presentation at a future Task Force meeting on their re-opening plan.

5/27/2020 8:29 AM Pacific Time

Both businesses plan to reopen on May 28.

5/27/2020 8:28 AM Pacific Time

Next is the Bringing Back Tourism Working Group to share the reopening plans for iFLY Orlando and the Orlando Watersports Complext. 

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Then the Governor will review and approve.

5/27/2020 8:27 AM Pacific Time

Next steps: Mayor Demings will review the plans and send a letter to Governor DeSantis.

5/27/2020 8:27 AM Pacific Time

The motion to approve the Walt Disney World reopening plan has been approved.

5/27/2020 8:26 AM Pacific Time

The motion to approve the SeaWorld reopening plan has been approved.

5/27/2020 8:24 AM Pacific Time

Now time to vote on the reopening proposals.

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SeaWorld has eliminated physical park maps and will be directing guests to their phones.

5/27/2020 8:21 AM Pacific Time

Regarding virtual menus, he said they do have the ability to do QR codes for menus but will have disposible menus upon request.

5/27/2020 8:21 AM Pacific Time

Mayor Demings says he appreciates SeaWorld and Disney's prepardness in reopening the parks.

5/27/2020 8:18 AM Pacific Time

Jim McPhee says that they have strong language stating masks are required and that the social distancing squad will assist guests in ensuring they are wearing masks.

5/27/2020 8:17 AM Pacific Time

Orange County says that both SeaWorld and Walt Disney World will be able to execute their reopening plans per their guidelines.

5/27/2020 8:15 AM Pacific Time

They reviewed employee health screening, guest arrival and ticketing, restaurant operations, attraction queue management, signage and communications, and sanitzation protocols.

5/27/2020 8:13 AM Pacific Time

The inspection team included representatives from the Health Department and Orange County officials.

5/27/2020 8:13 AM Pacific Time

Now  Jon Weiss, who lead the site visits of SeaWorld and Walt Disney World.

5/27/2020 8:12 AM Pacific Time

Disney World will have a "Social Distance Squad" as seen at Disney Springs

5/27/2020 8:09 AM Pacific Time

Disney is developing "Know Before You Go" messages.

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Disney will temporarily suspend meet-and-greets and play areas.

5/27/2020 8:04 AM Pacific Time

Disney will temporarily suspend parades, fireworks, and other events that create crowds.

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Temperature checks and health screenings will occur for guests and cast members.

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Face coverings will be required, they will be more frequent hand sanitizer stations, and new physical barriers.

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Guests will make a reservation for park entry in advance.

5/27/2020 8:01 AM Pacific Time

There will be soft openings such as cast previews and other previews.

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Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios will reopen on July 15

5/27/2020 8:01 AM Pacific Time

Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will open to the public on July 11

5/27/2020 8:00 AM Pacific Time

Jim McPhee starts by thanking the Task Force for their leadership

5/27/2020 7:59 AM Pacific Time

Now it is time for Walt Disney World.

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Lounge chairs will be placed to ensure physical distancing.

5/27/2020 7:57 AM Pacific Time

Capacity will be limited to pools and rivers.

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At waterparks, they will increase cleaning of ride vehicles, rafts, tubes, and life vests.

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There will be no guest interaction during parades.

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Certain elements of parades and meet-and-greets will be modified.

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Queues will have markings, single rider lines will be removed, and hand sanitizer will be available before and after rides.

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The number of hand sanitizers will be inceased.

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All open animal viewing spaces will be marked, certain tours and interactions will be limited to one-party at a time, only tours that allow for physical distancing will operate, and the frequency of cleaning will be increased.

5/27/2020 7:54 AM Pacific Time

At shops, there will be queues and ground markings.

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At restaurants, seating will be rearranged, paper menus will be used, buffets will be altered or closed.

5/27/2020 7:53 AM Pacific Time

Employees will not go to work if sick and will undergo COVID-19 testing.

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All employees and guests will undergo temperature screenings.

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Cleaning and sanitation will be enhanced.

5/27/2020 7:51 AM Pacific Time

Ground markings, signage, and plexi-glass will be installed to promote physical distancing.

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Face coverings will be required for employees and guests over the age of 2.

5/27/2020 7:50 AM Pacific Time

SeaWorld is targeting to open on June 10 for Employee Appreciation Night and would open to the public on June 11.

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Now it is time for the SeaWorld presentation. The presenters are Marc Swanson, Interim CEO of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Kyle Miller, President of SeaWorld Orlando, and Brad Gilmour, Vice President of Operations of Discovery Cove.

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In response to a question, Dr. Hsu says outdoor dining is considered less risky than indoor dining.

5/27/2020 7:44 AM Pacific Time

Dr. Hsu says other coronaviruses have seasonality but that this virus is new so it is unknown how this virus will react.

5/27/2020 7:42 AM Pacific Time

Regarding a second wave, Dr. Hsu says that every other pandemic has had a second wave so it would be prudent to prepare for that even though they do not know what the next wave may look like. 

5/27/2020 7:40 AM Pacific Time

Dr. George Ralls from Orlando Health says their cases have creeped up a bit and they are keep a close eye on it.

5/27/2020 7:37 AM Pacific Time

Dr. Vincent Hsu from AdventHealth shares that their cases in their hospitals have decreased to about 30.

5/27/2020 7:37 AM Pacific Time

Hospitalizations continue to decrease.

5/27/2020 7:32 AM Pacific Time

There has been a slight increase in the positivity rate in the last week.

5/27/2020 7:31 AM Pacific Time

While not surprising, the number of cases in Lake Buena Vista's zipcode (32830) is 0.

5/27/2020 7:29 AM Pacific Time

There has been an increase in the number of positive cases, but the number of tests has also risen. The positivity rate remains low.

5/27/2020 7:27 AM Pacific Time

Among residents, 1,771 have tested positve with 304 hospitalizations, and 39 deaths.

5/27/2020 7:25 AM Pacific Time

Since the start of the pandemic, 1,849 people have tested positive and 64.150 have tested negative.

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First is Dr. Raul Pino with the Florida Department of Health in Orange County.

5/27/2020 7:24 AM Pacific Time

With public comments over, they will now get a Health Update from several medical professionals. 

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The last public comment comes from Gatorland thanking the Task Force for their phased reopening that allowed the park to recently open.

5/27/2020 7:23 AM Pacific Time

The fourth public comment recommends mandating all CDC guidelines.

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The third public comment is from a gym owner asking about small business grants.

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The second public comment is also against mask wearing.

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The first public comment is about negative health reactions to wearing masks.

5/27/2020 7:15 AM Pacific Time

Time for public comment.

5/27/2020 7:14 AM Pacific Time

Jim McPhee, Senior Vice President of Operations, will be giving Disney's presentation.

5/27/2020 7:14 AM Pacific Time

According to the agenda, SeaWorld will be presenting before Walt Disney World.

5/27/2020 7:13 AM Pacific Time

Thomas Mazloum, the new head of Disney Signature Experiences, is Disney's representative on the task force, but that doesn't mean he will be doing the presentation on reopening.

5/27/2020 7:12 AM Pacific Time

The Task Force is co- chaired by President & CEO of Visit Orlando, George Aguel, and President & CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership, Tim Giuliani

5/27/2020 7:05 AM Pacific Time

On the agenda for today is reopening plans for Walt Disney World and SeaWorld, in addition results of the Orange County Consumer Confidence Survey.

5/27/2020 7:04 AM Pacific Time

There are currently 320 people in Orange County who are presumed to still be active with the virus.

5/27/2020 7:03 AM Pacific Time

The mayor says he feels comfortable moving forward with reopening due to the low positivity rate in Orange County.

5/27/2020 7:02 AM Pacific Time

The meeting is beginning now with introductory comments by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

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We are standing by for today's meeting of the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force.

5/27/2020 7:01 AM Pacific Time