[NFA] Mickey Mouse waved from a distance on Saturday as Florida's Walt Disney World opened to a limited number of guests for the first time in four months amid a surge of coronavirus cases in the state. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
- Guests were welcomed back to what some consider the happiest place on earth when on Saturday Florida's Walt Disney World reopened to the public for the first time in four months. Some staff wearing face coverings cheered as guests walked along Main Street into the sprawling Orlando complex. In [INAUDIBLE] video from Disney, Mickey and Minnie Mouse waved from a distance, visitors had their temperatures checked, socially distanced while waiting in line, and accepted hand sanitizer.
This as Florida has emerged as an epicenter of COVID-19 infections. New daily cases of the virus rose over 10,000 again on Saturday. Over the past two weeks, Florida reported over 100,000 new cases, more than any other US state. More than four dozen hospitals in Florida have reported full intensive care units. Governor Ron DeSantis, who has called the spike a "blip," on Saturday said it was important to protect the elderly from the virus.
RON DESANTIS: Given that you see more prevalence of this in the community today than we did, you know, say, in the middle of May, you know, it is important for those in the at-risk groups to avoid crowds and minimize the close contact with people who they don't live with.
- According to a Reuters tally, new cases of COVID-19 rose by over 69,000 across the country on Friday, setting a record for the third consecutive day.