Coming to Walt Disney World? Pack a mask – you’ll need to wear one at all Disney parks starting Friday.
The company announced Wednesday night that guests ages 2 and older will be required to don face coverings for all indoor attractions and on Disney transportation. Face masks will remain optional outside.
The park lifted its indoor mask mandate on June 15. Although proof of vaccination was not required, masks were recommended for those who are not vaccinated.
From now on, they will be compulsory for everyone, except outside.
“Face coverings are mandatory for all guests (ages 2 and over) inside and on Disney buses, the monorail and the Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status,” an update said. day Wednesday on the Disney website. “This includes at the entrance and at all attractions.”
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All guest masks must:
- Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
- Cover the nose and mouth completely and fix under the chin
- Tight but comfortably fit against the side of the face
- Be secure with zip ties or earrings and allow the guest to remain hands-free
- Do not contain valves, mesh or holes
Disney’s announcement follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest recommendation that even vaccinated Americans resume wearing masks indoors if they are in areas with high COVID-19 transmissibility or substantial.
Also on Wednesday, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings declared a state of emergency, urging public and private sector employers to demand indoor masks and the wearing of masks in indoor gathering places. .
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The announcement of Disney’s mask requirement quickly spread across social media, lighting up Disney-centric Facebook pages.
Jamie Yadoff, from Boston, Massachusetts, is a member of the Disney Vacation Club and an annual pass holder. Disney’s move is “a great move, although it should start immediately,” she said.
“Masks help all of us, especially children too young to be vaccinated, to stay safe,” Yadoff said. And with the new variant spreading quickly, this change in health and safety seems crucial.
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Carolyn Perrine from Melbourne, Florida has held a pass for 20 years and said she enjoys going to the parks “as much as possible”. She’s excited to see the mask rules return and was disappointed that Disney was done pushing social distancing.
“Just before the COVID shutdown, I was visiting once a week. Being at high risk, I waited a very, very long time to come back,” Perrine said. “I felt Disney was doing a great job of reducing the risk, but until I was vaccinated I just couldn’t take the risk.
“I got the shot in March and for my birthday in June my husband and I spent the weekend at the Grand Floridian. We visited Disney Springs and used the Skyliner and the monorail,” Perrine added.
Based on the CDC’s recommendations, she and her husband skipped the masks inside on this trip.
After a trip to Disney Springs on the weekend of July 23, in a crowded crowd, she now regrets not wearing a mask on both trips.
“I regret that I allowed myself to be complacent, even though the CDC said everything was fine. I knew we were going to go back,” she said. “We cannot control this virus when people refuse to vaccinate and refuse to mask themselves. I am happy that Disney is ready to turn the tide on the basis of science.”
Disney’s decision, she said, “is the right thing to do to protect our community and the Disney family.
“The next step that I hope is for Disney to require vaccines for actors and guests,” she said. “If the governor continues to dismiss the science and won’t let them do it, they should demand COVID testing of all unvaccinated guests like the cruise lines plan to do. “
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