UK and Ireland added to US travel ban, and Disney College Program Cast Members to return home

Mar 14, 2020 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Saturday March 14, 2020 3:30pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The United States is to extend its travel ban to include the United Kingdom and Ireland from next week as a result of the escalating coronavirus situation.

The UK and Ireland ban begins at 4am GMT on Tuesday, which comes in addition to the ban on the rest of Europe that began on Friday March 13.

At Walt Disney World,  Disney is sending its vast workforce of College Program Cast Members home by March 18. The Disney College Program, Disney Culinary Program, Disney Cultural Exchange Program and Disney Academic Exchange Program will be temporarily suspended from March 16. Those participants will be given a successful program completion notice.

This latest news appears to support the likelihood that this closure may go beyond the initial Walt Disney World closure through the end of the March. The College Program is a significant workforce throughout the parks, mainly in entertainment, food & beverage, transport and attractions.

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DisneyFan3215 minutes ago

I don't want federal transportation extending mask mandate into 2025 to get rid masks for public transportation, if the cases are low enough as enough people are vaccinated as kids 5-11 too by end of Winter 2022 / early Spring 2022, then masks will be gone for public transportation for USA like trains, buses, planes, cruises, Spring 2022

Disney Experience52 minutes ago

When I went on Remy’s Ratatouillie Adventure early this month I did for a moment ( when they had smells ) lower my mask off my nose to breathe in the snells of food they add to some acenes. I am sure the experience will be better when masks are optional someday. The mask definitely filters out most of the smells. They should sell masks with mouse whiskers ( 3D not 2D )

jlhwdw56 minutes ago

Yeah but the conversation isn't evolving. It's the same people saying the same things

dovetail6559 minutes ago

T That's okay it's an involved issue with things changing all the time.

jlhwdw1 hour ago

This time I left for two weeks. I come back and the exact same conversation is still going on

aliceismad1 hour ago

Anxiety-related syncope sucks. Fainting can be really scary, and that causes fear that just leads to more fainting. But there are ways to mitigate it. I would encourage your relatives to have their shots in a private office vs. a mass vaccination site if possible. I got my Moderna shots at a mass site because they weren't available at my doc's office yet. It was unnerving to not feel comfortable with who was poking me, having a room full of people around, being in a room full of people in the middle of the pandemic, etc. (The guy behind me came waltzing in with his mask under his nose, so that was great.) By comparison, doctors are always willing to let me lie down because I have a history of fainting. Also making good food choices before and after can be helpful, and having something cool for the forehead or back of the neck is a good precaution.

Heppenheimer1 hour ago

Except for one really sparsely populated county, all the other counties in Vermont are in the mid 70s or above for their eligible vaccination rates. The highest rates of infection occurred in a few small towns, but these places are so tiny that it only takes a few cases to trip their percentages higher. In sheer numbers, the Burlington area, which counts as the only real urban environment in the state (would be a mid-sized town everywhere else) has by far and away the most cases. Overall, the caseloads don't follow any particular geographic pattern. The pattern that does exist is seen on an individual level- they're mostly among the unvaccinated.

MisterPenguin1 hour ago

Yes, at one time, they required waiting two weeks after a flu or other vaccine to get a COVID vaccine. However, that is no longer the case. You can get multiple vaccinations along with COVID all at once. Just ask anyone who served in the military.

DCBaker2 hours ago

SteveAZee2 hours ago

In Oregon, the recent Delta spike has hit the low density counties in Oregon the hardest... which are also the areas of low vaccination rates. Pretty simple, I think. The huge wave at the beginning of this year really impacted the high density areas of Oregon badly. Vaccines became available and many (by percentage) in the high population areas got vaccinated. The Delta wave is having a low impact (per 100K people) on the densely populated areas due to enough people (not all, by far, but enough to keep from having a dramatic spike) being vaccinated. The rural countries of low vax rates aren't so fortunate. If nothing else, it shows that getting more vaccinations (say 70%) makes a big difference compared to 50%. (guessing the numbers here since I don't have them in front of me). Oregon doesn't behave in a monolithic manner; in this case seems to follow rural/urban divide. Perhaps Vermont is similar.

DisneyDebRob2 hours ago

Shingrix is also 2 shots if anyone is wondering. First shot, then go back for second 2-6 months later. After seeing what my mom went through for about a year with shingles, there was no way I wasn’t getting the shots. No problem at all with insurance either. Walked in, got the flu shot in one arm, shingrix in the other. Got second shot 4 months later which delayed my COVID shot by a few weeks. Couldn’t do both in that time frame of 2-4 weeks I think.

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Communicora2 hours ago

I'm really sorry for your losses.

StarWarsGirl2 hours ago

I had an aunt recently pass away and shingles was a contributing factor, and it was also a factor in my grandfather's death (he had MS and shingles was the begining of the end). It's definitely something to consider.