Amusement parks opening, with temperature checks at the gate

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Multani Singh, owner of J&M sneakers, talks about keeping his business alive during nearly three months of shutdown, Monday, June 8, 2020, in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, in New York. In a city famous for its lack of patience, some businesses have jumped ahead on what's supposed to be a slow and methodical emergence from coronavirus lockdown. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

ORLANDO, Fla. – The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus.


SEEKING NORMAL: As states and cities relax restrictions, businesses are slowly doing the same.

— Two more Florida theme parks reopened Thursday for the first time since mid-March. SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will open the gates, but reservations are being required to limit crowds, face masks are required and temperature screenings will be done at part entrances. Universal Orlando Resort reopened last week.

— Disney will reopen its two theme parks in California — Disneyland and California Adventure — on July 17. The Downtown Disney District, which includes restaurants and shops, will reopen on July 9. Walt Disney previously announced that two of its Disney World parks in Florida — Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom — will reopen on July 11. The other two parks — Hollywood Studios and Epcot — will reopen on July 15.

— Sam’s Club is rolling out curbside pickup across the country. The membership-only warehouse club, owned by Walmart, anticipates all 597 clubs will be participating by the end of the month.

GOVERNMENTS & CENTRAL BANKS: Countries are wrestling with high unemployment and economies just now coming back to life.

— Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the economy should rebound strongly in the summer and that it would be a mistake to shut the economy down again to contain the coronavirus.