Orange County, Florida, where Disney World is located, currently has a mask mandate in place. Recently, the Orange County Mayor, Mayor Jerry Demings, commented about when the mask mandate may end. Today we got more updates from Mayor Demings about when mask mandates and social distancing rules may start to change.
During a recent press conference, Mayor Demings said that they are “working with the Department of Health on a plan to phase reducing requirements of wearing facial coverings and social distancing.”
Mayor Demings noted that they are reviewing how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s requirements are evolving, along with COVID-19 infection data. Mayor Demings indicated that a plan regarding reducing mask requirements and more will be announced soon.
When asked a bit more about the phased approach Mayor Demings didn’t give too many details, but he did say that they “will be looking at a phased approach to be looking at reducing the restrictions” that will be based on both indoor and outdoor capacity for various locations.
What factors prompted this reconsideration and change, and what factors are being looked at for the phased approach? Mayor Demings noted that they are considering 3 factors: the rate at which they are vaccinating individuals, the infection rate in the community, and the requirements of the CDC (which continue to evolve).
When it comes to outside activities and venues, Mayor Demings noted that they may be able to reduce some restrictions of limiting capacity. But, he said that doesn’t mean no one will be requested or required to wear face masks.
When it comes to face masks, Mayor Demings said, “I think that we are still a few months away from that [meaning a time where face masks won’t be required or requested at all]. But it will be a phased approach as we move towards the summer months.”
Previously, regarding Orange County’s mask mandate, Mayor Demings said that changes may be made with that depending on how quickly they are able to administer the vaccine.
Keep in mind that masks continue to be required in Orange County, Florida and specifically in Disney World. We’ll continue to keep an eye out for more details and let you know what we find.