Orange County Mayor comments on timelines for mask mandate expiring

Apr 05, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Monday April 5, 2021 5:24pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has today commented on the mask mandate during one of his frequent COVID-19 briefings.

He was asked when the mask mandate for Orange County will end, and he replied that it would likely be when about 50% of the population is vaccinated. He went on to say that he thinks that may be occur in June 2021.

The vast majority of Walt Disney World property is within Orange County, and during the park's reopening, an endorsement of Disney's plans by Orange County was at the forefront of the state agreeing for the parks to reopen.

Should Demings lift the mandate, and with no mask mandate from the state, it would seem to clear the way for Walt Disney World to follow. However, it would seem that the decision would ultimately rest with Disney, and in Bob Chapeks's latest comments, he suggested that he expects masks to be in place for the remainder of the year.

Demings introduced the mask mandate back in June 2020, with the guidance stating that every person working, living, visiting or doing business in Orange County is required to wear a face covering. Business are encouraged to deny entry to anyone not complying.

Exceptions to the rule include persons under the age of two, those exercising while maintaining social distancing, persons where a mask would cause impairment due to an existing health condition, those working in a profession that has no face-to-face interactions, and employees of first response, healthcare, construction and childcare.

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The MomAug 02, 2022

WDW made an announcement about lifting all Covid restrictions, etc so if they reinstate them another thread will be created to enable discussion.

correcaminosAug 02, 2022

You ever go to Epcot? WS stores are not all open. Not even close. Lots of dining missing. Tons of shows missing No trams at Epcot or DHS. We had a lovely time but the missing and restrictions stand out. Pretending something is back to normal isn't the same as it actually being back to normal.

DisneyDebRobAug 02, 2022

I thought I contributed greatly to the downfall of the thread. Giving myself to much credit i guess.😎

disneyfiremanAug 02, 2022

All closed? I saw just about all dining open. There are shows. And cultural reps are there. There is a thread in here about it. Not sure about the trams. I knew they are running MK. And Epcot I think. I didn’t see any store closed. And as for all shows. Yes some are not on. But many are. Either way. It was a great time. Genie plus works great. Loved the whole visit.

hopemaxAug 02, 2022

The thread was closed too long! DisneyDebRob - About 2,000 results

DisneyDebRobAug 02, 2022

As for the hand sanitizers being removed , IMO its a bad idea but maybe im just speaking for myself. Im a clean nut. I do taje sanitizer with me and use it acter everything. Ive been sick almost every time i return home from a trip and since ive been taken my own, i think one time I didn’t feel good out of the last 10-12 trips. Sure there are a lot of bathrooms and wasking is much better but for me that needs to clean after i leave a store, attraction, monorail,bus,skyliner,etc it comes in handy. Not taking it out of my backpack after doing any of those things and getting some was convenient. But thats me. Oh and welcome back everyone..even you #hopemax. πŸ˜‚

Angel ArielAug 02, 2022

I’ll be shocked if those ever go away.

AEfxAug 02, 2022

I won't be ready to declare the "end of pandemic restrictions" until they remove park reservations. I mean, that's why they are there, right? It wasn't just an opportunistic way to further lock down people into ridiculous levels of vacation planning. Amirite?

correcaminosAug 02, 2022

For some that's not an easy option.

correcaminosAug 02, 2022

It's why we won't return to AKL anytime soon. As AP and DVC I'm more patient on the rest. Oh and those darn patk reservations and hopping at 2pm. Still annoyed with that. Disney is getting there but missing lots still.

LilofanAug 02, 2022

Even when trams were running I followed the crowd to walk to our cars instead of waiting for the tram.

Andrew CAug 02, 2022

All of this is why my Disney focus is currently with DCL.

correcaminosAug 02, 2022

Dining, stores, shows etc all closed. Lack of cultural reps. Lots missing we enjoy. Plus no trams in two parks and some transportation missing.

DCBakerAug 02, 2022

Trams have not returned to EPCOT or Hollywood Studios.