Orange County nearing 50 percent vaccination level to lift mask requirement outdoors

May 10, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Monday May 10, 2021 4:42pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has said today that the county is nearing the level of vaccinations needed to eliminate the mask mandate when outdoors.

Mayor Demings announced late in April that when 50% of the population 16+ has been vaccinated, the facial covering mandate will be lifted for all individuals outdoors. 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 mandates will be lifted.

In today's update, the vaccination level for Orange County is 46.98% and 50% is expected to be reached this week.

Reaching 50% will present the opportunity for Disney to eliminate masks outdoors, if they wish to do so. Disney has this week dropped the requirement for its Cast Members to wear face shields outdoors, and in the past month has allowed guests to remove masks while taking photos outdoors.

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DisneyCane21 hours ago

Hopefully they will allow the fully vaccinated CMs to dispense with the masks indoors soon and a very high percentage of CMs are fully vaccinated. Muffled speech through a mask is from a CM is not exactly good show either.

jlhwdw1 day ago

This. As much as Disney doesn't care about protecting show like they used to, the whole COVID operation things with the signage, distance markers, etc., was the absolute opposite of what they want "good show" to be as there were constant reminders of the outside world. From the day the parks reopened they were waiting for the moment there would no longer have to be a mention of COVID in the theme park bubble.

Chi841 day ago

I suggested back in January (?) that instead of checking vaccination status WDW would just put up signs saying unvaccinated persons are strongly encouraged to wear a mask. That didn’t go over well with the people who were convinced Disney has an obligation to protect its guests from COVID. Now I’m wondering if they will even go as far as putting up warning signs. So much for Disney being stricter than the CDC and not removing masks until children can be vaccinated.

Tom P.1 day ago

Disney wants the parks back to 100% normal. They are going to do the absolute minimum they can, in terms of notifications to guests, to cover themselves legally. But they are going to do their best to get rid of any visual reminders of the previous Covid policies.

Chi841 day ago

It’s just been reported that WDW has removed signage about wearing masks from Main Street in MK to bring the park back to its “pre-COVID appearance.” No mention of whether there are still signs at the park entrances or on buildings. Im assuming they’re still putting up some warnings about COVID.

jaklgreen1 day ago

Come on now, wearing a mask for their health and safety is not a punishment. We all have had to do things that others have not. It is that type of mentality that made it so much harder to get rid of covid. Too many did not want to wear their masks and went out and about spreading it. I don't understand how you can possibly see keeping your child safe a "punishment". Good Lord.

LittleBuford1 day ago

Continuing to wear a mask is not the same as mistakenly thinking it’s still required. I suspect the difference you noted is more to do with the fact that those choosing to visit a crowded theme park during a pandemic are likely to be less risk-averse (and thus readier to ditch masks) than other people.

DisneyCane1 day ago

One thing that was surprising to me last week is that, only two days after the policy change for guests, it seemed that 99% of people knew masks were no longer required. WDW was very different than going to a national retail store shortly after the policy change where a high percentage still continued to wear one.

DisneyCane2 days ago

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

dovetail652 days 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.

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Chomama3 days ago

And they may not be vaccinated!

helenabear3 days ago

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

peter114353 days ago

Also just because they can doesn’t mean they will
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