According to various news reports, the White House is considering travel restrictions, and possibly even bans on domestic flights to and from the state of Florida.
Outbreaks of the new variants — including a highly contagious one first identified in the United Kingdom, as well as others from South Africa and Brazil that scientists worry can evade existing vaccines — have lent urgency to a review of potential travel restrictions within the United States, one federal official said.
While COVID-19 cases in Florida have declined in recent weeks, the U.K. variant has spread rapidly in the state during that time. It now accounts for up to 15% of new cases in Florida, according to estimates from a team of researchers modeling the variant’s growth across the country — up from about 1% at the beginning of January.
The reports say that no decision is imminent, but this would obviously impact The Walt Disney World Resort. That being said, it is no secret that most theme park guests at the moment live in Florida or travel with their own vehicle.
Some governments require testing and a negative result before flying, a restriction recently enacted by the Canadian government for their residents returning from the United States. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky have said they are discussing the possibility of such requirements on domestic flights within the U.S. at this time.