Updates On Disney Parks From Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pamela Hymel

Yesterday Disney Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pamela Hymel shared a message regarding our plans in consideration as The Walt Disney Company prepares to reopening parks and resorts and stores. The company is consulting with experts around the world to come up with plans that put safety of Cast Members and Guests at the forefront of operations.

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Phased reopening is being considered at all Disney Parks locations. This includes a gradual reopening or partial reopening such as the opening of retail and dining locations (Disney Springs) prior to the opening of theme parks.

Cleanliness and sanitization has always been high at Disney Parks, but in today's climate cleaning and disinfection have become of paramount importance. The company is looking at what areas across property will need greater cleaning measures, as well as what sort of cleaning products and processes should be used to the most effective measures.

Physical distancing and capacity measures that meet guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and government agencies are in development. This will likely include a range of measures that include adjusting guest capacity in the Parks, and adding sineage to help guide guests in maintaining proper distancing protocols. Disney is also "exploring ways to use technology" to manage crowds with virtual queues similar to what has recently been seen at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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With guidance from the government and the medical community Screening and prevention support for both Cast Members and Guests is expected to become a part of the future of Disney Parks. Some things of these measures we have already seen, such as hand sanitizer and hand washing stations in all areas. Bob Iger has also been quoted as saying temperature checks may also become commonplace.

As always Cast training will continue to emphasizing Disney's strong culture of health and safety. Cast Members should expect to experience ongoing professional development that provides new training and reinforcement of policy and procedure for the new normal.

Without a doubt both the Disney Company and Disney fans are looking forward to moving into a world where we can feel safe to return to our happy place. It may take some time to get back to where we are once again comfortable with travel, but Disney will be there welcoming us all back home.

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