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(Reuters) – Walt Disney (NYSE:) Co will stick to its plans to reopen its Walt Disney World theme parks in Orlando, Florida, to a limited number of guests Saturday, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

Cases of coronavirus in Florida soared last month, with the number of daily cases in the state reaching 10,000 three times last week. The mortality rate due to VIDOC-19 rose nearly 19 per cent last week over the previous week, bringing the number of deaths in the state to more than 3,800.

Some workers signed a petition asking Disney to delay the reopening of Walt Disney World. The station, home to the world’s most visited amusement parks, was closed to visitors in March.

In a statement Tuesday, Disney’s chief medical officer, Dr. Pamela Hymel, said the new requirements, ranging from temperature controls to face coverings and additional sanitation, would allow guests to enjoy Disney World “responsibly”

“Although COVID-19, and the risk of contracting it, is present in public places, there are many important ways in which we can all help promote each other’s safety,” said Hymel.

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2020-07-07