As the situation with COVID-19 develops, we’ve seen a number of updates announced.
Recently, the Orange County, Florida mayor recommended that individuals wear masks indoors again, and noted that the county is in “crisis mode” due to the COVID-19 situation there. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also updated their guidance and are now recommending that vaccinated individuals wear masks in indoor, public locations in certain areas. Now, we’ve got an update regarding Disney World’s mask rules.
Currently, at Walt Disney World, masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests in most places (except transportation, save for the Disney ferry boats). Guests who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear masks in certain locations, including all indoor locations, including restaurants, except when actively eating or drinking while stationary.
Previously, the CDC’s mask guidance noted that vaccinated individuals did not need to wear their masks indoors in most places. As noted above, however, the CDC has recently revised its mask guidance. The CDC now recommends that vaccinated people who live in places with “high” or “substantial” COVID-19 transmission resume wearing masks indoors. The CDC has also recommended that vaccinated people who live with vulnerable household members, including young children and/or individuals who are immunocompromised, wear masks indoors in public spaces.
Recently, the Orange County, Florida Mayor (Mayor Demings) held a press conference and shared that he recently signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 situation in Orange County. Mayor Demings also shared that he is urging residents and visitors, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear a mask when in indoor spaces with others.
Now, Disney has announced changes coming to its mask rules.
Beginning July 30th, Disney World will require all guests, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks in any indoor locations. This includes upon entering and throughout all attractions, either indoor or outdoor. However, masks will continue to not be required outdoors at the parks. Masks are also not required on pool decks.
In a statement about the update, Disney notes, “As we have done since reopening, we’ve been very intentional and gradual in our approach to our COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Based on recent trends and regulatory guidance, Walt Disney World Resort will be making adjustments to these measures.”
As with any other health and safety guidelines, Disney’s new mask policies are always subject to change. We’ll keep an eye out for more updates and let you know what we find. Stay tuned for the latest Disney news.