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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GoofGoof2 minutes ago

It’s basic politics but since we aren’t supposed to talk about politics here I’ll leave it at that.

EpcoTim5 minutes ago

Clear-cut and burning the rainforest for that cheap-beef burger at the World is bad for the environment?

EpcoTim8 minutes ago

Ok, seriously, what’s your source on this?

Polkadotdress10 minutes ago

Au contraire! Climate change results in an INCREASE in density of particulate matter in the air.

Nubs7021 minutes ago

Well, I had a better day than R Kelly

Disney Analyst27 minutes ago

Children really are starting to be impacted, and quickly, here in BC:

Lilofan2 hours ago

Sounds like a plan. Could bring mini rum bottles into the parks, if Disney security finds them during their search of our bags, " it's for the Dole Whips, sir".

DCBaker3 hours ago

"Florida on Monday reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 8,804 more COVID-19 cases and 939 deaths, according to Miami Herald calculations of CDC data." "Of the deaths added Monday, about 88%, occurred over the past 28 days and 46% occurred in the last two weeks, according to Herald calculations of CDC data. In the past seven days, on average, the state has added 311 deaths and 7,303 cases per day, according to Herald calculations of CDC data." "There were 6,731 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Florida, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Monday report. This data is reported from 260 Florida hospitals. That is 454 fewer patients than Sunday’s report, continuing a trend of decreasing hospitalizations. COVID-19 patients take up 11.74% of all inpatient beds in the latest report’s hospitals, compared to 12.26% in the previous day’s reporting hospitals. Of the people hospitalized in Florida, 1,765 people were in intensive care unit beds, a decrease of 111. That represents about 27.2% of the state’s ICU hospital beds compared to 28.80% the previous day." "About 12,244,625 eligible Floridians — 57.0% of the state’s population — had completed the two-dose series of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or have completed Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s an increase of 26,120 over Saturday’s report from the CDC."

ABQ3 hours ago

A must do if you are in Vegas, the Golden Tiki, they have actual tiki birds from the Disneyland Tiki room and do make a great boozy Dole Whip.

JoeCamel3 hours ago

Wait, I thought that was why they sold rum mini bottles? The in park version is so much better with a mini

Andrew C4 hours ago

I am not mad that you went there.

Lilofan4 hours ago

Dole whips are good but the boozy rum dole whips one can make at home are even better.

JoeCamel4 hours ago

My third the person giving the injection had a little problem and said I had "tough skin". First I've ever had that said to me, I think she hit a tendon. In any case it hurt much more than the first two or anything but a tetanus shot when I was little. One side effect was that my "computer neck" pain went away overnight, like hitting your toe to make you forget about a headache? Weird

Andrew C4 hours ago

Back from WDW. I survived (too many dole whips almost took me out though)!...and so did my 3 year old. Any states mandate vaccines for all yet?