Effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19) On Entertainment & Tourism Industry

GAcoaster

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Today was the first "summer" day here in Orlando where the temperature was in the 90's with a heat index over 100. I went out to pick some things up at Lowe's garden center and I was wearing a mask-- it was miserable. Granted every year it takes some time before you acclimate to the heat again (this is my 8th summer here in Orlando), but I just don't think I'll be out in the parks with a mask on this summer. At least not in the afternoon sun and heat. Everyone will have some interesting tan lines this year...
 

Bobharlem

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Today was the first "summer" day here in Orlando where the temperature was in the 90's with a heat index over 100. I went out to pick some things up at Lowe's garden center and I was wearing a mask-- it was miserable. Granted every year it takes some time before you acclimate to the heat again (this is my 8th summer here in Orlando), but I just don't think I'll be out in the parks with a mask on this summer. At least not in the afternoon sun and heat. Everyone will have some interesting tan lines this year...
The summer afternoon thunderstorm switch is turned back on too, which is another interesting dynamic with the masks.
 

Nick

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Today was the first "summer" day here in Orlando where the temperature was in the 90's with a heat index over 100. I went out to pick some things up at Lowe's garden center and I was wearing a mask-- it was miserable. Granted every year it takes some time before you acclimate to the heat again (this is my 8th summer here in Orlando), but I just don't think I'll be out in the parks with a mask on this summer. At least not in the afternoon sun and heat. Everyone will have some interesting tan lines this year...
Think of the TM's and CM's at Universal, SeaWorld and Disney that will have to endure wearing masks outside all day every day during this summer heat. Bless their soul.

 

Nick

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So John Krasinski sold "Some Good News" off to Viacom/CBS. I guess this is pushing the limits of the thread, but the show was created due to COVID-19.
 
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Andysol

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Think of the TM's and CM's at Universal, SeaWorld and Disney that will have to endure wearing masks outside all day every day during this summer heat. Bless their soul.
Anecdotal here- at the Hilton Sandestin, all employees have been wearing masks, including the outdoor wait staff. Today was the first day (and hottest) that not a single outside staff member was wearing a mask. Bartenders, waiters, pool attendants, no one.
Inside were still all wearing masks.

Right now, plan on masks; of course. But I wouldn’t be entirely shocked if we saw outside staff drop it eventually as it warms up (and the press cycle has passed already).
Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if behind the scenes they said “let’s just say masks for now for good press and drop it in a few weeks”.
 
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TheGentTrent

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Legoland Florida is opening June 1st and outlines their plans here. My first thought was they'll never get a bunch of kids to wear masks all day. Turns out they're going the recommended but not required route.
I just bought a copy of the Lego Movie 2 game yesterday. To my surprise, it came with a coupon for 40% admission to one of the US parks.

Guess where I'm going this summer. :)
 

Nick

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Anecdotal here- at the Hilton Sandestin, all employees have been wearing masks, including the outdoor wait staff. Today was the first day (and hottest) that not a single outside staff member was wearing a mask. Bartenders, waiters, pool attendants, no one.
Inside were still all wearing masks.

Right now, plan on masks; of course. But I wouldn’t be entirely shocked if we saw outside staff drop it eventually as it warms up (and the press cycle has passed already).
Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if behind the scenes they said “let’s just say masks for now for good press and drop it in a few weeks”.
Universal is way more high profile than Hilton and would get blasted on twitter when their policy states everyone - including TMs - must wear masks. Right now the plan is just to be more lenient and allow for more breaks so that they have a chance to be going into AC often and get some fresh air quickly.
 
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Andysol

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Universal is way more high profile than Hilton and would get blasted on twitter when their policy states everyone - including TMs - must wear masks. Right now the plan is just to be more lenient and allow for more breaks so that they have a chance to be going into AC often and get some fresh air quickly.
No doubt. I find the people who are arguing about the masks on both sides of the argument slightly hilarious.

—-
Person 1: I don’t like masks at Universal. I won’t go if they require them.
Person 2: Then don’t come
Person 1: I literally just said I won’t go...
Person 2: We don’t want you there. Do Not Come!
Person 1: No seriously, I’m not coming
Person 2: STAY HOME!!!
Person 1: ‍:thud:
—-

And then the arguments about what to do when it rains, yadda yadda.
I’d bet serious money the mask rule is all a publicity stunt and they’ll slowly back off of it in the next few weeks starting with outdoors.
I wouldn’t be shocked if it only lasts 2 weeks. I would be shocked if it lasts the entirety of summer.
 

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No doubt. I find the people who are arguing about the masks on both sides of the argument slightly hilarious.

—-
Person 1: I don’t like masks at Universal. I won’t go if they require them.
Person 2: Then don’t come
Person 1: I literally just said I won’t go...
Person 2: We don’t want you there. Do Not Come!
Person 1: No seriously, I’m not coming
Person 2: STAY HOME!!!
Person 1: ‍:thud:
—-

And then the arguments about what to do when it rains, yadda yadda.
I’d bet serious money the mask rule is all a publicity stunt and they’ll slowly back off of it in the next few weeks starting with outdoors.
I wouldn’t be shocked if it only lasts 2 weeks. I would be shocked if it lasts the entirety of summer.
I don't see them backing off until the CDC guidelines change
 

Nick

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I don't see them backing off until CDC does for liability reasons.

I don't see them strictly enforcing them for practical reasons.
Enforcing 15,000 people to wear a mask is near impossible. Regular TMs can't ask guests to put a mask on anyway, only Team Leads or higher.

Basically, Universal is going to stick by what the CDC says for park rules, but it's going to be very hard unless they actually get serious and up the amount of security throughout the park and threaten removal if you don't wear your mask (there's few things UOR Security can do, but kicking you out of the park is one of them).
 
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