UK tour operator scraps Florida tours over Disney measures

Tour operator TUI is canceling all Florida vacations from the UK until December following the introduction of new hygiene rules at Walt Disney World Resort, including the mandatory use of face coverings

LONDON – Europe’s largest travel and tourism company, TUI, is canceling all Florida vacations from the UK until December following the introduction of new hygiene rules at Walt Disney World Resort, including including the mandatory use of face coverings.

The company said on Friday it made the decision because the new regulations would “significantly impact the vacation experience” of its customers.

Walt Disney World Resort, which includes four theme parks, will require guests age two and older to wear face coverings except when eating or swimming when it reopens in mid-July. Temperature checks may be required for entry to some locations, and the number of entry tickets will be limited.

TUI said it is “committed to only operating holidays where it is able to ensure enjoyable, relaxing and safe holidays without significant changes to their destination”.

Customers are offered alternatives, including postponing their trip to next year or changing their destination. TUI also offers a full refund.

TUI is resuming its holiday schedule, flying to eight destinations across Spain and Greece from July 11, as long as government travel restrictions are eased. Currently, the government is advising against all but essential travel, but the industry hopes it will change that advice early next week by allowing holidays to destinations deemed safe.

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

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