From salons to theme parks and shopping malls: What’s reopening in Central Florida and when?

ORLANDO, Fla. — If you’re looking to get a haircut, you’re in luck. If you’re dreaming for a day at Magic Kingdom, not so much.

As phase one of Florida’s reopening continues, more Central Florida businesses are reopening their doors following the peek of the coronavirus pandemic.

Channel 9 compiled a guide of when your favorite business might be opening again. Scroll down to see the latest information on when certain industries are reopening:


Hair salons

Barbers, cosmetologists, nail specialists, facial specialists, hair braiders, hair wrappers and body wrappers were allowed to reopen their businesses as of Monday.

READ: Here are the rules for salons, barbershops reopening today in Florida


Restaurants are now able to have dine-in services at outdoor seating areas with 6 feet between tables and 25% capacity indoors with 6-foot spacing.

Shopping malls

Retail stores can open as long as they stay below 25% capacity inside and maintain social distancing. Local malls are also reopening. Here’s a breakdown on which malls are opening and when:

Mall at Millenia

The mall reopened Monday with daily hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Altamonte Mall

The mall announced that it will reopen on Tuesday.

Orlando Fashion Square Mall

The mall reopened on Monday and is scheduled to be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Florida Mall

The Florida Mall is back open. The mall is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Outlet malls

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets and Orlando International Premium Outlets are both back open. The malls are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Seminole Towne Center

Select retailers inside the mall have reopened. Click here for a list of shops that are open.

READ: Looking ahead: What Phase 2, 3 could look like when reopening

Theme parks

In phase one of Florida’s reopening, theme parks are ordered to stay closed but Central Florida attractions are starting to reopen their retail areas.

Disney officials announced Disney Springs will begin a phased reopening on May 20. Officials said a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during the first phase.

The rest of Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed, including theme parks and resort hotels, Disney officials said.

Officials with Universal Studios said they are developing plans to reopen a portion of Universal CityWalk, but no date has been announced.

READ: Florida barbers, salon stylists cautious ahead of reopening

Movie theaters

Regular movie theaters are still closed. But drive-in theaters in the area are open including:

  • Ocala Drive-in Theatre at 4850 S. Pine Ave. in Ocala.
  • Silver Moon Drive-in Theatre at 4100 New Tampa Highway in Lakeland.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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