Orange County mayor expects to lift all mask and social distancing requirements on Friday - potentially clearing the way for Disney to eliminate masks at the Disney World theme parks

17 days ago in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Wednesday June 2, 2021 4:30pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has this afternoon announced that he is not yet ready to lift all COVID-19 restrictions relating to masks and social distancing - potentially delaying a mask-free Walt Disney World for a few more days.

At the end of April, Demings laid out a phased plan to begin to scale back mask and physical distancing requirements as part of a COVID-19 mitigation strategy.

At that time, he announced that when 70% of the population 16+ has received their first dose of the vaccine and/or Orange County's 14-day rolling positivity rate is 5% or below all restrictions will be lifted. The current 14 day positivity rate is just below 5% and has been for 11 days, but the vaccination level remains below 70% at 55.07%.  This has not been quite enough for the mayor to drop mask requirements county-wide, but he does expect to hit the target for phase 3 and dropping all requirements on Friday June 4.

Orange County reached the 50% vaccination level two weeks ago which triggered the county to drop the mask requirement when outdoors, and this quickly prompted Walt Disney World to drop its mask requirement for guests at its theme parks when outdoors. Masks currently remain a requirement when entering attractions and at any indoor space.

If Disney moves as quickly as it did to follow the Orange County outdoor mask requirement being dropped, we could see a mask free Walt Disney World as soon as this weekend should Orange County move ahead with phase 3 as mentioned today. Disney is yet to make any comment on any changes it will make or when.

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DisneyCane33 minutes ago

Or at least not two weeks post shot #2 to be fully vaccinated.

dovetail651 hour ago

Or that group people just want to wear the masks because they are touching all the levers and getting closer to more people than most. CM do form clicks, especially the loaders. If they all feel they are safer as their small group when they work we may see CM wearing mask 2 years from now here and there. Now if all loaders on every attraction wore them we would know if it was a CM rule for loaders.

Lilofan1 hour ago

Bingo!

Chomama1 day ago

And they may not be vaccinated!

helenabear1 day ago

Absolutely! Some people just aren't comfortable yet. It takes time...

peter114351 day ago

Also just because they can doesn’t mean they will

helenabear1 day ago

Per the rules we had before the 15th all ride loading areas were considered indoors. So who knows. Also one doesn't know if the CM is vaccinated or not.

Nick_A1 day ago

The greeters at Everest this evening were unmasked, but the cast on the loading platform all had masks on, which was weird considering we were still very much “outside.” Are they considering a roof over your head to be “inside”?

DCBaker1 day ago

threvester1 day ago

Looks like outdoor kiosks are a go too

threvester1 day ago

Some janitors and 2 girls selling balloons as well

threvester1 day ago

Just got to disney springs..bus employees not driving are unmasked

Bullseye19671 day ago

Almost time for the Friday bad news drop.

helenabear1 day ago

I suppose I get it where there was food around as a double safety thing for them and us, but yeah outdoors? Uh no way at all. I even felt for our tour guide who had to wear it all day with us. He kept up an amazing pace and hardly touched his mask once. So many looked so hot though I give fantastic kudos to all CMs we encountered. They seemed so kind only one, when I remarked how horribly beat up her face shield was as she was trying to fix it, even mentioned a thing about them. For those who are vaccinated, I bet this is a great day for them!