Disney is continuing to implement health and safety procedures as the pandemic continues.
That have recently updated their mask and social distancing policies, and clarified that guests will still have to wear a mask once they receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Now, Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, has shared a further update.
With the vaccine rolling out throughout the United States, many have wondered when social distancing and mask requirements will be loosened in the parks. But Chapek confirmed that the expectation is to have some level of mask wearing and social distancing through the end of this year.
This is expected to apply to all of Disney’s parks, whether they are reopening or increasing capacity.
Chapek did state that “a game changer would be if everyone who wants a vaccine can get a vaccine in April,” in response to more vaccines potentially being available by this time.
In an interview given with Good Morning America, Dr. Fauci said that he refers to “open season” as the time when anybody could get a vaccine — not just those in the priority groups. Fauci said that “when you have enough vaccines to do that, then you’re gonna see a great surge in the number of people who get vaccinated, and that’s what’s gonna happen as we go from April to May to June.” Fauci noted that hopefully by the time we get to July we’ll be at the point where we have enough vaccines for virtually everyone. So, while more individuals may be able to get the vaccine in April, it seems like it will be late July before everyone is really able to be vaccinated.
Additionally, Chapek clarified Disney does not expect to be at the same level of social distancing and mask-wearing in 2022. But for the remainder of 2021, if you’re planning a trip to the parks, expect to abide by Disney’s current mask and social distancing policies. Stay tuned to DFB for more Disney news and updates.
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