Masks Required Again At Walt Disney World And Disneyland
Disney has revised their safety policies and will now require masks to be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status beginning July 30, at both Walt Disney World Florida and Disneyland in California.
This new policy aligns with recommendations from Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as Covid cases continue to surge in the U.S.
In a press conference earlier today, Mayor Demings declared a local state of emergency signing an executive order in wake of the rising COVID-19 cases.
In his press conference he urged local businesses including theme parks to enact mandates requiring face masks indoors, and require vaccines for employees. He continued saying “we want to make sure there won’t be another shutdown like we experienced last year,” — specifically mentioning Disney and Universal by name when asking for theme parks to follow his request.
Disney quickly followed the request and released the following statement:
“We are adapting our health and safety guidelines based on guidance from health and government officials, and will require Cast Members and Guests ages 2 and up, to wear face coverings in all indoor locations at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort beginning Friday, July 30, regardless of vaccination status. At Walt Disney World Resort, this includes upon entering and throughout all attractions and in enclosed transportation vehicles, including shuttles, buses, monorails and at Disney Skyliner,”.
Face coverings at Disney parks should:
- Be made with at least two layers of breathable material
- Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
- Face coverings should not contain valves, mesh material or holes.
For now, masks will continue to be optional in outdoor common areas at the parks.
The move comes as the Delta Covid-19 variant is rapidly spreading, leading major companies to rethink their plans to bring employees back to the office and even making vaccinations mandatory. For example, Facebook and Google became two of the biggest companies to require employees to be vaccinated when they return to work.
On Tuesday, Orange County Florida saw the highest number of new COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
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