Earlier today, the Walt Disney Company held their quarterly earnings call for Q2 of their 2021 fiscal year, giving us a better idea at the company’s financial status at the moment.
During the call, we got some news about how Disney is already increasing capacity. And Disney’s CEO made a comment about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated mask guidance which was just issued today.
Earlier today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared updated mask guidance for those who are fully vaccinated. Keep in mind that the CDC defines people to be “fully vaccinated” 2 weeks after their last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (the 2nd dose in a 2-dose shot series, or the 1st dose in a 1-dose shot series).
According to the CDC’s updated guidance, those who are fully vaccinated may once again resume many indoor and outdoor activities without a mask, except in certain settings, such as when a settings where a mask is required by certain government regulations or business policies.
When discussing parks and capacity, Chapek briefly mentioned this updated guidance. Specifically, he noted that the guidance released by the CDC about masks is “big news” for Disney. He said that this was big news “particularly if anybody’s been in Florida in the middle of the summer with a mask on.”
Chapek indicated that he thinks that’s “going to make for an even more pleasant experience,” presumably referring to the updated guidance.
In an interview with CNBC’s Fast Money Chapek also said “there’s gonna be a lot more comfortable people this summer in Orlando. You can only imagine what it’d be like in 95 degrees and 95% humidity wearing a mask so we’re thrilled to be able to do that.”
— CNBC's Fast Money (@CNBCFastMoney) May 13, 2021
Disney World is still requiring all guests ages 2 and up and Cast Members, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, to wear a mask at all times, except when specifically permitted to be removed.
We’ll continue to keep an eye out for more updates from Disney and let you know what we see.