TUI cancels all UK flights to Florida over new Disney World restrictions

TUI cancels all UK flights to Florida over new Disney World restrictions

has cancelled all flights from the UK and Ireland to Florida until at least the end of November after the US state has seen a second surge of coronavirus.

The holiday giant said the decision to cancel all trips was due to the ‘ongoing uncertainty around international travel restrictions and the unprecedented impact of Covid-19’.

It added: “The decision has been made following new health and safety measures implemented at Walt Disney World to ensure the safety of its guests.

‘These changes would significantly impact the holiday experience for many TUI customers who plan their magical and often once in a lifetime Florida holiday.”

The US theme park is slated to open on July 11, but it was reported yesterday that Disney World workers are petitioning the park to delay reopening after coronavirus cases surged in Florida.

The petition, signed by nearly 12,000 people and posted on MoveOn.org, said: “This virus is not gone, unfortunately it’s only become worse in this state. While theme parks are a great way to relax and enjoy free time, it is a non-essential business; it is not fair to the people who work there to risk their lives, especially if they are at risk or have family members who are at risk. People are more important than making a profit.”

Earlier this week we reported that Disneyland Paris plans to reopen on July 15 , but with strict new hygiene practices in place. These include mandatory face masks for those aged over 11, advance ticket bookings and limited daily capacity.

Some aspects of the park won’t be available initially either, including Fast Passes, some shows and meet and greets with the characters.

Besides the Florida cancellations, TUI will resume package holidays in July despite the Foreign Office continuing to warn Brits against all non-essential travel

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