Ronald McDonald House reopens Orlando locations after closing due to COVID-19

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida has reopened its Orlando locations nearly two months after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization announced Tuesday afternoon.

The houses will welcome back families in phases beginning with a limited number of guests who had been moved to local hotels during the closure, the organization said.

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Modified operations will be in place. Volunteer programs will remain on hold until further notice, as will the Share-A-Meal program that provides lunch and dinner for families at all three Orlando Ronald McDonald Houses with the help of community volunteers.

“Providing a safe environment for our guest families is our top priority,” President & CEO Lou Ann DeVoogd said in a news release “Our Houses look different than prior to COVID-19, however, with smiling eyes above our masks, we will welcome our guest families back in their time of need as they care for their child in the hospital.”

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Ronald McDonald Houses in Orlando are located on the campuses of AdventHealth for Children, Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, and Nemours Children’s Hospital.

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