A first step to what could be a full re-opening of Walt Disney World in Florida has been announced.

The theme park operator has reached an agreement with trade unions that will see a partial re-opening of Disney Springs, the shopping and entertainment complex.

The operator announced on Saturday that protocols on health and safety to protect employees have been agreed.

This will see increased cleaning and disinfection, social distancing rules, temperature screening, mandatory face coverings and cashless or contactless payments.

As a result third-party operated stores will open on Wednesday at Disney Springs followed by other attractions operated by Disney including World of Disney, D-Luxe Burger and the Marketplace Co-Op.

Matt Simon, Disney Springs vice president, said: “While our theme parks and resort hotels remain temporarily closed, the phased reopening of Disney Springs is a welcome milestone as we navigate through this unprecedented time together as responsibly as we can.”