To celebrate the coming of spring, the Walt Disney World Resort has just announced they will soon cease production of its annual pass that allows people access to the park when the storm’s over. The announcement comes as Disney takes precautions to prevent the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, or Norovirus, which is currently circulating throughout Orlando and may eventually affect guests there over the holidays.
This comes in addition to a recently announced February 19ban on public eating in Disney restaurants as a precautionary measure. While the samples haven’t come back for certain, the cases of confirmed norovirus were traced back to the park food vendors. Here’s what to know about the virus and Disney’s plans to fight back: What is Norovirus? Norovirus, or Norwalk virus, is a common stomach bug that causes nausea,
vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, and fever. This highly contagious virus is spread via contaminated food or water, close contact with someone who is infected, or exposure to infected surfaces and objects. Like chicken pox, norovirus can be transmitted even when healthy people are properly washed. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a Disney regular or a first-time visitor, as norovirus is just as likely to infect someone on a
trip as it is their home. All you need to do is touch a contaminated surface and put your hands in your mouth. That’s how the disease is spread between travelers, who also tend to only wash their hands once an hour in a public restroom. Fortunately, there is not yet widespread risk of norovirus being contracted during Disneyland’s upcoming Easter season. Disney also says Disney’s Ball Street will be closed to guests
for the duration of their scheduled closures starting April 5. This article originally appeared on Foodandwine.com