To ensure we are equipping our readers with all the information they need, we will continue to report on all travel, safety, and COVID-related news that could impact a Disney Parks visit.
The travel industry has been significantly impacted by the global pandemic, which you may have experienced when traveling to Disney World.
We’ve seen quite a few changes with mask policies in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, with updates at Disney World, Disneyland, the Disney Cruise Line, and more. When it comes to travel, a mask mandate has been in place for anyone traveling on public transportation (including on airplanes) in the United States, and today a big update to this mask mandate could affect your next flight. This change comes after a Florida judge voided the mask mandate on public transportation.
Up until now, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has enforced a mask mandate requiring all travelers to wear a mask on public transportation, including on airplanes, at airports, on buses and trains, and more. After extending the mandate deadline several times, today is when things change for travelers.
The mask mandate on public transportation was actually extended recently, but then a federal judge in Florida ruled that the mandate was unlawful. Now, CNBC has reported that “The Transportation Security Administration will not enforce the mask mandate on public transportation after the court’s ruling” according to a Biden administration official. “However, the CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks on public transit.”
So as of today, people will no longer be required to wear a face mask in airports, on airplanes, or on other public transportation vehicles.
This change comes as COVID-19 cases decline in some areas of the U.S., with Orange County, Florida, and Osceola County, Florida (the counties in which Disney World is located) recently having been downgraded to a low risk level, as designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As you may know, not long ago Disney World recently updated its mask policy to be optional for fully vaccinated guests, with the exception of some transportation methods. Currently, face masks are not required on the Skyliner but are still required on the Monorail and Disney World buses.
If you’re interested in keeping up-to-date on how COVID-19 continues to impact the world, here are some of the most recent COVID-19 or mask-related updates we’ve covered:
- Disney’s Hawaiian resort is changing its COVID-19 policies
- Disney World counties saw a change in COVID-19 risk category
- A COVID-19 test-to-treat initiative has been announced by the U.S. President
- The mask mandate is being suspended for many Disney Cruise Line sailings
- Face mask rules have changed in Disneyland Paris
As we’ve learned, things change frequently when it comes to COVID-19 and mask policies, so we’ll continue to monitor developing situations around the world.