As the phased reopening of Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) properties continues in the wake of COVID-19 in the USA, the company will begin taking Walt Disney World Resort restaurant reservations again on June 18. There are, however, several restrictions in place for health and safety purposes, as new coronavirus cases grow rapidly enough in Florida and other recently reopened states to suggest a fresh wave of community spread.
According to the announcement, only people with advance dining reservations will be admitted to the reopened restaurants at Disney World and Disney Springs. The company also states that only people with hotel reservations can make reservations at this time, with guests whose arrival falls between June 22 and July 10 being eligible. Disney World restaurant reservations can be made by phone only, while Disney Springs reservations can also be arranged online.
Other health precautions in place at Disney World eateries will include mandatory masks for all people two years of age and older, at any time when the diners aren't actually eating or drinking. Beverages will not be available through the usual self-serve stations but will be supplied by servers instead. Personnel will also carry out frequent sanitation of high-touch surface and high-traffic areas.
Disney Springs VP Matt Simon warned that procedures could change as the situation continues to evolve, declaring:
[W]e continue to learn every day from health and government authorities. As a result, our operational changes and safety measures may change from time to time as circumstances evolve. We want to deliver all the Disney magic you know and love with safety, as always, our top priority.