Thursday, January 21, 2021
Eskamani sent a letter to the governor asking him to take steps to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 on the economy. Specifically, she asked him to waive work search requirements for the people currently on unemployment, something the governor has already done the past two months.
Since the measured reopening of the state, the tourism industry is starting to see positive trends in employment, an increase in the average hotel occupancy rate and increased revenue and profit. This study follows two previous studies assessing the impacts of the pandemic response.
Dr. Anthony Harris is the medical director at WorkCare and has long advised theme parks on health and safety issues. He reviewed Disney World’s plan to reopen and was impressed with just how comprehensive the plan was. Harris told Florida Daily he believes the plan can work as he offered tips for park staffers and guests. 
The funds are coming from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Gulf Coast Restoration for the Snorkel and Dive Reef construction project. The $1,233,566.00 Direct Component grant comes from funds included in the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act) which was passed in 2012.
The charity is known across the world for granting what are often final wishes to children that are suffering from life-threatening or terminal illnesses. 
Both parks presented their plans to Orange County’s Reopening Task Force and got unanimous approval to move forward. The two theme parks have some similarities in their plans.
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.