An interesting article in The Washington Post concerning "hygiene theater".
Temp checks, digital menus and 'touchless' mustard: The maddening persistence of 'hygiene theater'
The article starts with some examples:
WASHINGTON - At an ice cream shop in Rockville, Md., gloved servers scoop the frozen treat into cups, but a sign taped to the front window says "No cones: Covid." At McDonald's outlets along I-95 in Virginia, yellow police-style tape cordons off self-serve beverage stations. And at Nationals Park, baseball fans use a QR code and digital menu rather than ordering directly from the person who hands them their hot dog.None of these precautions provide meaningful protection against the spread of the coronavirus, safety experts say. Instead, they are examples of what critics call "hygiene theater," the deployment of symbolic tactics that do little to prevent the spread of the coronavirus but may make some anxious consumers feel safer.
12 months ago I remember disinfecting my grocery bags after watching a segment by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Hey, there was a lot of fear that COVID was being spread on surfaces. We just didn't know at the time.
As far as I can tell, WDW has stopped most of these practices now
Still I wonder, are there instances where WDW is still engaged in hygiene theater?
Edit: One example of hygiene theater that WDW ended a few weeks ago was locking open trash cans. Personally, I don't think of it as hygiene theater because when Disney first did this, it was a best practice at the time. However, if Disney had continued this, it would be considered hygiene theater.
You left out the part where they point out some reasons for some of these things. Businesses get people back in part by making people feel safe. Sure there's some overkill, but there's not a lot of downside to being overly cautious.
Defenders of hygiene theater argue that some restrictions that seem nonsensical or outdated may nonetheless be useful in helping people dive back into society. Leininger said she isn't ready to "shame businesses for hygiene theater because I have so much empathy for employers. Sometimes the way we mitigate risk is through emotions."
Personally, I'm going to be more diligent about using hand sanitizer in the future. How often does one touch railings at WDW that thousands of other people have also touched? I think regular hand cleaning will be beneficial, and isn't something I worried about before.