A tweet went viral this weekend showing screenshots of negative comments left on a recent Disney Parks blog post regarding Disney Springs' forthcoming partial reopening. People on Twitter were stunned by statements made by commenters who said they would not visit Disney if they had to wear a mask.
Disney Springs is set to begin a phased re-opening on Wednesday, which will see some of its third-party stores opening their doors with social distancing measures, temperature checks, and facial covering requirements in place. This blog post, posted on Saturday, outlined these requirements among others in order to inform guests on what they can expect when they visit.
The post read:
Based on applicable government requirements, as well as guidance from health authorities such as the CDC and appropriate government agencies, we are implementing a number of new health and safety measures and operational changes. Rest assured, there is plenty of magic awaiting you at Disney Springs–it just may feel a bit different than before.
While many of the comments on the post supported Disney in its decisions, there were also many comments from people who were unhappy with the measures, especially the one requiring facial coverings from guests ages three and older, as well as from cast members and third-party operating-participant employees. Some of these were captured in a now-viral tweet from Twitter user @sincerely__ivy.
The amount of carnage that went down in Disney parks blog: I am literally at a lost for words. pic.twitter.com/bfacQqVUP1— sincerely, ivy marie. (@sincerely__ivy) May 17, 2020
After the tweet went viral, many left support for Disney in the comments of the blog as well as on its tweet about the blog post.
I’m glad that they are requiring people to wear masks knowing that some won’t like it. It’s for the safety of everyone, and to show respect to our frontline workers.— Peter (@NintenPeterGame) May 17, 2020
Thank you for taking others health into consideration. I will gladly wear my mickey mouse ears and mask when i visit... you have my support— Ron / Kreecher (@PoppaRedbear) May 17, 2020
Shanghai Disney re-opened earlier this month with similar measures in place, including requiring face masks and limiting park capacity. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain and said that it can help those who are asymptomatic from spreading it to others.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek spoke with CNBC last week, saying that park guests in the U.S. could expect similar measures to those in Shanghai but acknowledged it might not be easy.
“We’re very encouraged by what we see in Shanghai.” Disney CEO Bob Chapek says the company will be “very conservative” as it reopens its theme parks. https://t.co/OPGAPam4Gh pic.twitter.com/sFydyCzQhX— CNBC (@CNBC) May 11, 2020
"In Asia, as you know, it's fairly commonplace, even before COVID-19, for folks to walk around in public with masks on," he told them. "That is not the case in the U.S. So that will be something that will be a little trying for some of our guests, particularly in hot, humid summers that we tend to have."
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