Disney again relaxes mask policy at Walt Disney World theme parks

Aug 18, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Wednesday August 18, 2021 11:41am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Masks will become optional once again in all outdoor spaces at Walt Disney World beginning Thursday August 19 2021.

In an email sent to guests, Disney said, "Since May, face coverings have been optional for Guests in outdoor common areas, and beginning Thursday, August 19, face coverings will also be optional for Guests in outdoor attractions, outdoor queues and outdoor theaters at Walt Disney World Resort. As a reminder, face coverings remain required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) while indoors and in Disney buses, monorail and Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status."

Walt Disney World reverted back from a maskless environment to requiring masks on any attraction or indoor space on July 30 2021 at the request of Orange County in response to record levels of COVID-19 infections. At that time, Mayor Demings asked for businesses to enforce masks when indoors, and Disney went beyond that by requiring masks on all attractions, both indoors and outdoors. The latest policy change puts them in-line with the original Orange County request.

Cases of COVID continue to be at a high rate in the county, with record numbers in excess of 1,000 new cases being regularly reported daily and a 14-day positivity rate over 20%.

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wdwmagic6 days ago

We are back to mostly arguing, so I'm going to close this thread until any developments emerge.

Incomudro6 days ago

Yup. That, and get healthy. Do something about yourself, and teach the next generation to do something about their own health. Stop treating your body like a garbage dump for decades on end, and then wonder why it can't fight off a respiratory disease.

BuddyThomas6 days ago

I’m not the one who changed the topic but if the misinformation spreaders start their garbage again, It’s not going to go unchallenged.

bdearl416 days ago

This has proven not to be the case elsewhere. What ends this is a risk tolerance of the population that matches the real world ability to live with Covid in the background. That’s the only thing that ends it mitigating efforts have proven to do nothing to Eliminate Covid. Only delay it for other strategies (open hospitals, antibody treatments, vaccines, etc)

legwand776 days ago

Appears to be working pretty good in some states, as evidenced on here, but getting off topic, how about those DVC rentals.

JoeCamel6 days ago

Winter is here, hope the lights stay on.....

BuddyThomas6 days ago

Ummmmm, no.

mkt6 days ago

It might be similar here. My wife was at her OB appointment (which is in a medical office building attached to a hospital), and they wouldn't let me into the lobby to buy a Starbucks. I had to wait outside in my car.

legwand776 days ago

or could be the opposite of that

Ayla6 days ago

The people who scream the loudest about the smallest mitigation effort are why this may never truly be over.

Texas846 days ago

None of my doctors require a mask and one of them is in a hospital office wing. The hospital does not require masks. Good to be in a free state.

bdearl416 days ago

It’s fascinating to me how there are 10 different existences now in the same country. Some places it’s like Covid never happened with behavior but in others it’s no a lockdown but close. Very interesting. In the end it seems all places are having about the same broad 30000 foot view level of success in their battle so… hopefully the Omicron variant is as mild as it appears and this will be the first step in it becoming a mild seasonal thing we deal with like a cold or flu. I guess we will see in two weeks.

legwand776 days ago

what a different world.

Lilofan6 days ago

In my area, one needs to call from the main lobby in the medical building prior to entering the medical professional office door area, answering covid questions while on the phone.