Reports suggest that the White House is considering domestic travel bans to Florida amid steeply rising U.K. variant COVID-19 cases in the state

Feb 10, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Wednesday February 10, 2021 4:30pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Various news outlets are reporting that the White House is considering domestic travel restrictions to Florida as COVID-19 mutation cases rise steeply in the state.

The B.1.1.7 strain is surging in Florida, with cases doubling every 9 days and accounting for up to 15% off all new COVID cases in Florida. Florida is leading the case numbers in the U.S.A., followed by Wyoming, Colorado, Connecticut and California. A third of all U.S. B.1.1.7 cases are now occurring in Florida.

The B.1.1.7, or U.K. strain, is more transmissible than original COVID-19 strains according to recent research, which is prompting the concern from the Biden administration.

This comes at a time when airlines have been increasing flights to Florida, and guest numbers continue to rise at Walt Disney World. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is unlikely to support any restrictions on travel to Florida, with DeSantis being a cheerleader for no COVID-19 restrictions and a fully open state.

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dreday316 minutes ago

Just bragging about Illinois because I'm not sure it's ever been done in the history of man.... The state’s seven-day positivity rate on all tests is now down to 0.6%, while the seven-day positivity rate on individuals tested stands at 0.8%. Over the past five days, a total of 211,440 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered to state residents. That brings the state’s average to 42,153 daily vaccination doses over the last seven days, according to IDPH data. State officials say 53% of adult residents in the state are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with nearly 70% receiving at least one dose. As of midnight, 492 patients are currently hospitalized due to COVID in the state. Of those patients, 123 are in intensive care units, and 69 are on ventilators.

GimpYancIent45 minutes ago


Phil1252 minutes ago

Optimists are always looking for the best outcome and, as a result, they are often disappointed when things don't turn out for the best. Pessimists, on the other hand, always expect the worst and are often pleased when outcomes turn out to be better than expected. :):):) It's kind of a glass half full, half empty thing.

Touchdown1 hour ago

Between the 4 week window between shots (which means full immunity is 6 weeks away vs 5 weeks) and the increased side effects I do understand the disappointment. I too was disappointed when my group got Moderna 1 week after everyone else in town got Pfizer. It’s also true 1 day side effects are more likely with Moderna. However, I would never walk out of an appointment if I found out I was going to get Moderna, that said Canada should maybe be more forthcoming and let people decide for themselves.

Disney Analyst1 hour ago

Well this is a perplexing conundrum to have:

sullyinMT1 hour ago

Tickets went on sale yesterday (single night)! Bought ours plus EP. One night should be enough for our sleep schedules (even on vacation), plus the boys may not hold up. Though, with some of the jump scare games they play in VR they are certainly more desensitized than we were at their ages! I’m just excited for another excuse to watch Beetlejuice again. Anything Tim Burton makes me a happy boy.

Heppenheimer1 hour ago

Let's just drive one final stake into the heart of that conspiracy theory and kill it forever. This is somewhat of an old article, but it uses good layman terminology:

Lilofan1 hour ago

Optimism is important when it comes to our health and well being . I've worked with someone who always had a very pessimistic viewpoint and one day he died from a heart attack.

Wendy Pleakley1 hour ago

It's unfortunate because of all the mixed messaging and hesitancy surrounding AstraZeneca. Every day there's an article on why it may be "inferior" which leads to vaccine shopping and general hesitancy. Anything that slows down vaccination rates is a bad thing IMO. The inconsistency is weird. Disney parks and other attractions use the honour system, even for kids who can't be vaccinated yet. So in some places there are eight year old's acting like they're vaccinated, while at these concerts the rules are highly restrictive.

Touchdown1 hour ago

We are getting near the end of June, that I traditionally when another house will be announced and pricing for tickets/Express/VIP will be announced and go on sale.

GoofGoof1 hour ago

Yippy🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳 This is the way to embrace the Now with Optimism! title change. It’s really fun to do…everyone should try it.

sullyinMT1 hour ago

There’s too much good happening to bother with this nonsense anymore. This kind of argument is tiring and thoroughly dealt with over the past year. Back to stalking for info on HHN for our first experience this year.

Smooth1 hour ago

GoofGoof1 hour ago

I think that may be an honest oversight on their part. FDA approved makes obvious sense for American citizens but I think they overlooked the potential for someone from the UK or Canada showing up. I can understand not accepting vaccination from the “less proven” vaccines from China or Russia but AZ would have almost certainly been approved by the FDA in the US had we needed it. There has never been an issue with the efficacy of that vaccine which is all that should matter for a rule like this. We had enough doses of the other 3 quickly enough that it wasn’t necessary to approve AZ here, but the efficacy is on par with or better than JnJ and not far behind the mRNA vaccines.