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Disney Restaurants Now Require You to Do This Before Entering

Dining at a Disney World hotel? Prepare to have your temperature checked.
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The most magical place on Earth continues to tighten up its COVID-19 safety rules. In addition to enhanced social-distancing measures, the elimination of self-serve food and drinks, and the rollout of "reduced contact" menus, hotel restaurants at Walt Disney World Resorts now require customers to go through a temperature screening before entering dining rooms.

Until recently, Disney World had limited its on-site temperature checks to the theme park's main entrance and its Disney Springs retail district.

"As with other locations at Walt Disney World Resort that require temperature screenings before entry, anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 F or above will be directed to an additional rescreening," Disney officials write on the theme park's Know Before You Go page. "Those with temperatures 100.4 F or above will not be allowed entry; those in their party will not be allowed entry either."

The new rule change was first spotted this week by the gimlet-eyed Disney buffs over at the fan site Inside the Magic.

The rule arrives during what has been a precarious time for the Florida-based theme park, which has reopened its doors as COVID-19 cases in its home state are surging to all-new heights. "On the day Disney's Magic Kingdom theme park reopened, Florida broke records for having the highest number of new Covid-19 cases of any day, in any state, since the pandemic began," reports Vox. "The turn-of-the-century soundtrack still played, the teacups kept spinning, the princesses waved. The show, albeit amended, went on."

Vox also notes that Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts have together lost $37 million every single day their doors were shuttered.

Among other precautions, Walt Disney World has rolled out portable hand-washing stations, plexiglass dividers on some rides, and antibacterial sanitizers parked at both entrances and exits of every attraction. Disney staffers clean rides every two hours. In its restaurants, Disney World previously introduced mobile ordering and contact-less menus that are accessed via QR codes, before rolling out the new temperature checks at hotel restaurants.

One caveat to Disney World diners, however: many experts have cast serious doubts that temperature screenings are actually an effective way of weeding out all of the people who have COVID-19, and largely because it doesn't detect those who are asymptomatic. And for more on the health dangers of visiting America's favorite theme park, see Why This Infectious Disease Doctor Is Begging You Not to Go to Disney World.