Saturday, May 30, 2020
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., wrote GSA on the matter this week. The two congressmen called on GSA to use those per diem rates through at least FY 2022, insisting doing so would help Florida’s tourism industry, though they would prefer GSA to use those rates until FY2026. 
After getting a myriad of approvals with a comprehensive plan, Universal Studios plans to reopen its theme parks to the public on June 5, with small test runs of private groups beginning June 1.
Despite the reopening of Disney Springs, Disney has yet to disclose a reopen date for any of its theme parks. In the meantime, Disney World has changed CEOs and has been surveying annual pass membership holders about potential new safety policies.
Gov. Ron DeSantis met Pence at the airport and they greeted each other with elbow bumps. They had lunch at Beth’s Burger Bar but the two most important stops focused on public health and the economy.
In March, Orange County collected $13.6 million from the six-cent bed tax. That’s down 56.5 percent from March 2019, the largest drop in the history of the tourist tax. 
According to Barrons' recent report, Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger discussed potential new procedures for guest screening prior to admission at any of Disney's theme parks, in California, Florida, Asia and Europe.
On Friday, Destinations Florida, which defines itself as the “unifying voice representing Florida’s destination marketing organizations and strives to increase the effectiveness of local tourism promotion organizations’ efforts,” released some of its findings from a study looking at how coronavirus has hit the Sunshine State. 
With the Trump administration pushing a federal bailout to help the economy dealing with the coronavirus threat, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is standing against plans to send federal money to businesses including airliners, casinos and other companies hurt by the outbreak. 
On Tuesday, the Florida Forest Service announced actions being taken to ensure the safety of the public and state employees during the COVID-19 outbreak. These actions include ceasing tours and public outreach programs, and the closure of state campgrounds and campsites.
On Monday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, sent a letter to Jovita Carranza, the administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), urging the agency to issue an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration for the state of Florida to help businesses receive SBA EIDL loans that are suffering from economic injury due to the coronavirus.