Disney delays theme park opening as TUI cancels all Florida holidays

Disney has postponed the reopening of two theme parks until it receives guidelines from the state government in California.

It had hoped to reopen Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim on July 17 after a four-month closure due to the coronavirus. But California said it would not issue guidelines until after July 4, the company said.

The company said: "Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials."

Travel company Tui has cancelled all holidays to Florida until December following the introduction of new hygiene rules at Walt Disney World Resort, such as mandatory face coverings.

Tui said it made the decision because the regulations would "significantly impact the holiday experience" for its customers.

Walt Disney World Resort, which includes four theme parks, will require visitors aged two and older to wear face coverings at all times except when eating or swimming once it reopens.

Tui said in a statement: "As part of Tui's new holiday promise, the UK's biggest tour operator commits to only operating holidays where it's able to guarantee an enjoyable, relaxing and safe holiday without significant changes at their destination."

Customers are being offered a range of alternative options, including delaying their trip until next year or changing their destination - both with a booking incentive - or a full refund.

Walt Disney World Resort are planning to partially reopen on July 15, but more than 11,000 people have signed a petition calling for a delay due to the recent increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Florida.

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