Walt Disney World will phase out temperature screenings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It’s getting hotter in Florida, but theme park lovers will find Walt Disney World’s latest announcement very cool.

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The central Florida theme park announced Wednesday that it will be phasing out temperature screenings for cast members and guests this month, Walt Disney World announced in a news release.

The screenings will be phased out for cast members beginning Saturday and guests on May 16.

“We will continue to follow the guidance of health and safety leaders going forward, and most importantly, encourage people to get vaccinated,” Disney said in a prepared statement.

The phase-out occurs nearly a year after the theme park instituted temperature checks. Screenings began May 20, 2020, when Disney Springs reopened, the news release said.

Since the resort reopened, temperature screenings have been required at locations across the resort, WFTV reported. That includes the theme parks, Disney Springs and table-service restaurants at Disney Resort hotels, the television station reported.

“From the very beginning of our phased reopening, we have considered guidance from public health authorities, appropriate government agencies, and our own team of health and safety experts as we assess and update health and safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Disney said in a statement. “As this guidance continues to evolve, and with the support of local health and government officials, we are making some additional adjustments.”

Currently, anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher is directed to an additional location for re-screening and assistance, WFTV reported. If the temperature remains, guests and those in their party are not allowed into the area.