At the end of June, Walt Disney World Resort employees and others urged the company and government officials to delay the park's reopening amid a surge of new coronavirus cases reported in Florida.
On Saturday, the state reported 11,458 new cases in a single day — its highest rate ever.
A petition calling for the opening date to be pushed back created by employee Katie Belisle and posted on June 21 has gathered 18,969 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon. In a statement to local news outlet WTSP on June 25, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said there is no plan to block the opening date.
"We are monitoring all aspects related to COVID-19 in Florida and do not have plans to roll back any approved reopening business plans at this time," the statement read.
On June 24, Disneyland in California, another state seeing rising cases, announced that it had "no choice but to delay" its intended July 17 reopening date. The decision came as the state government did not grant approval and guidelines in time to arrange the opening.
There is still no opening date for Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. Downtown Disney will reopen on July 9.
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