ICYMI, yesterday we discussed an update to the face covering policy for guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort.
The policy was updated to reflect that face masks are still required for all guests ages 2 and up as well as Cast Members, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. (You can read more here.) Today, we’re taking a closer look at another update that was made to the policy regarding transparent face masks.
Before we dive in, below is an example of a face covering with a transparent plastic panel.
And according to the Walt Disney World website, face coverings that have “an integrated transparent plastic panel to aid in viewing the wearer’s mouth” are permissible. However, they must meet the following requirements:
The coverings must be a fabric face mask featuring a solid plastic panel which contains no openings, and it must be attached to the fabric of the mask on all sides with a tight knit stitching.
Additionally, it must meet all of the standing face covering requirements, as noted here:
• Be made with at least 2 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
As a reminder, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, and face coverings containing valves, mesh material, or holes of any kind are not allowed. And, as also previously established, guests must bring their own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when actively eating or drinking while stationary and keeping an appropriate physical distance from others.
Face masks should also be removed when swimming. (You can catch up on the newly announced requirements for face masks at the Disney World Water Parks upon the reopening of Blizzard beach here.) They may also be removed at relaxation zones placed throughout the parks.
And as you can see in the provided screenshot, Disney also continues to remind that “The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing.”
Update: The Disneyland Resort website now notes that these same rules regarding masks with a transparent section apply for guests visiting Downtown Disney District as well.
Physical distancing markers and signs have been placed all over Walt Disney World — from attraction queues to restaurants and beyond — to help guests maintain a 6 feet distance between themselves and guests from other groups.
In fact, there is another recent update in regards to physical distancing measures, as well. If you happen to be visiting Walt Disney World in a large group (defined as a party of more than 10 guests), you’ll want to catch up on the latest information here.
Click here to learn about the physical distancing policy update for large groups visiting Walt Disney World.
We will continue to keep you posted on these and other Walt Disney World policy updates.