July 2020

Here’s what to expect when Florida enters phase 3 of reopening

Most social distancing guidelines will be lifted ORLANDO, Fla. – Phase three of reopening the state after expansive and ongoing coronavirus closures will be what many are calling “the new normal” and will involve the loosening of even more restrictions. Right now with phase two underway, we don’t know when the third and final phase will begin, but we do have some details on what it...

Disney: Epcot quietly reopens with changes

Epcot emerged from its coronavirus shutdown Wednesday, representing another step in the phased reopening of Walt Disney World and its theme parks. The resort started reviving its theme parks with Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom last week; Disney’s Hollywood Studios also reopened Wednesday. By now, many theme park goers know the drill: Face masks are required, as are temperature...

Buying and Selling Persists, vacation home market slows!

As the aftershocks of the coronavirus pandemic permeate into nearly every part of life in Orlando and beyond, there is one thing that, surprisingly, has so far continued on just about the same as before: buying and selling homes. Even during government mandates to stay inside, houses are being put on the market, tours are being conducted virtually and homes are being sold. In the midst of one of...

The Reimagined Cinderella’s Castle

Cinderella Castle reopened this week with some new colors. We can’t stop admiring the royal blue, soft pink, and gold trim. But the reimagining of the Castle isn’t quite complete. Some of the gray on the castle is still being refreshed. At first, nothing looks amiss with the painting crews working away. But upon closer inspection, you can actually see that the painters are keeping...

What you need to know about living through the coronavirus crisis in Central Florida

Efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus have disrupted daily life in Orlando. Bars and nightclubs have been closed, restaurants finally reopening with 25 percent capacity and the city’s theme parks temporarily shuttered. The situation is changing by the hour, but Orlando Sentinel journalists are working diligently to keep you informed on every aspect of this crisis. Here are the key things...

Over 2,600 evictions filed in Florida since April, a harbinger of what’s to come once moratorium ends

With more than 2,600 evictions waiting to be processed in courts across Florida, a harbinger of the waves of residents who could soon lose their homes, housing advocacy groups are demanding that the governor once again extend the statewide eviction and foreclosure moratorium and provide funding for rental assistance programs. Veronica Lucha, an Orlando resident who spoke during a call with the...

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