Orange County Mayor and Walt Disney World say no changes to mandatory mask usage rules despite Florida Governor Executive Order

9 days ago in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Monday May 3, 2021 4:49pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney World and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings have this afternoon moved to distance themselves from the Florida Governor's latest executive order.


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said earlier today that he was immediately suspending all local COVID emergency orders via an executive order. This would limit the measures that local mayors can take during pandemics, which would appear to include the Orange County mandatory mask mandate which impacts Walt Disney World. The text of the Executive Order released late Monday appears to indicate however that it is effective July 1 2021.

Orange County is currently under a mandatory mask mandate, which this state-level executive order may try to undo. However, this afternoon both Walt Disney World and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings have stated that there are no changes at this point.

In a statement on My Disney Experience Disney has said, "We are aware of the state of Florida's plans announced today to modify COVID-19 guidelines. We will evaluate this latest guidance and maintain our current health and safety measures at this time, including face covering requirements. We will contuse to make thoughtful adjustments to our policy. As COVID-19 vaccines become available, we encourage people to get vaccinated."

Mayor Jerry Demings said in a 4pm press conference that he has not seen the DeSantis executive order. He left the press briefing by saying that he would release a written response should the executive order be published which appears to have happened shortly after the press briefing concluded.

Orange County released details last week on the steps forward to remove COVID-19 restrictions.

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King Raccoon 771 hour ago

France isn't a good example to give as they are struggling to get their population vaccinated.

tpac241 hour ago

Even the WHO is against vaccine passports. France is also saying no to vaccine passports. I don't think the cruise lines will pull out of Florida and I think they will also end up dropping this vaccine policy once the dust settles. https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/who-panel-against-requiring-vaccination-proof-travel-statement-2021-04-19/

helenabear12 hours ago

They likely won't do much immediately. Maybe later, but with them just opening I see them being cautious. It seems Orange Co. is close to the metrics as well. As it is, my state is dropping all mandates June 2nd.

MansionButler8413 hours ago

Baltimore will be looking great for some ships (not the behemoths).

danlb_200013 hours ago

Not good for the Florida economy if the cruise lines pull out over it.

Big Phil13 hours ago

Good. Now can someone please send some leadership up to Canada so we can open the borders to travel?

drnilescrane16 hours ago

It’s also starting to look like the CDC (and with OCFL at less than 5% positivity) are going to blow past “no masks in outdoor congregate settings” straight to “no masks for vaccinated people anywhere”. WDW will probably slow walk it the way they are with the reduced distancing, but things are improving quickly… and the national media is keeping the heat up on the government to show progress and give meaningful incentive to get to the 70% mark.

MansionButler8416 hours ago

Exactly. I bet they’ll keep masks at theme parks.

drnilescrane16 hours ago

"No. Only in those settings that are indoor -- only in those massively large settings where people around the world, not just around the country, are convening, and when people are mixing in real dense spaces," Newsom replied. "Otherwise, we'll make guidance recommendations, but no mandates and no restrictions on businesses large and small." The mixing/convening language is exactly what the California DPH used to justify keeping DLR closed for over a year after being “aghast” at what they saw at WDW. As a California resident, considering their prior stances I can see Theme Parks being forced to keep protocols later than the rest of the state’s economy… though who knows with how quickly everything is shifting.

danlb_200016 hours ago

No, we have had this debate a few times, people aren't mis-interpreting the question, they seem to honestly believe that there is a clear distinction between indoor and outdoor.

tpac2416 hours ago

Looks like California is doing away with their mask mandate on June 15th. I wonder how DL will respond to this?.

AEfx16 hours ago

I think some of it is that people are looking at different things in that picture. If you are going by where the person taking the photograph is standing, yes, it is outdoors. But I believe you are trying to point out the shops/etc. that are partially open air or not. You are absolutely correct that the line between "how far is indoors" or not is a dicey issue all over the parks because of their very design.

tpac2417 hours ago

I noticed this on Silver Dollar City's website . They have adjusted their mask policy for no outside use. I am sure Disney could do the same or maybe they just have more faith in people than WDW. "Areas of the property where masks are required will be clearly marked and strictly enforced".

tpac2417 hours ago

I was just at Hobby Lobby and there is no longer a store mask mandate. About half were wearing and half not.