Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the first of the major Florida attractions to resume mask requirements

Jul 28, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Wednesday July 28, 2021 1:30pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the first of the major Florida attractions to reinstate a mask requirement for its guests.

On an updated health and safety page on its website, the park said, "Due to the recent increase of COVID-19 cases and the Delta variant, we have updated our face mask policy. All guests, including those vaccinated against COVID-19, are required to wear face coverings in all indoor locations. This includes all attractions, attraction queues/lines, show viewing areas, restaurant and buses. Guests who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to wear face coverings outdoors."

The move comes as the CDC issued new guidelines yesterday that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a mask when indoors in high COVID transmission areas, including all of Florida.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings will be giving an update later today, where we may see some type of additional local guidance.

Disney has not yet made any revisions to its mask policy, and at the parks today, it was business as usual, with most guests not wearing masks indoors. From casual observation, it appears that more Cast Members are wearing masks indoors, where company policy currently makes that decision optional for individual Cast Members.

With Disney previously using CDC guidelines for many of its past COVID-19 decisions, it would seem likely we will hear something soon from Walt Disney World.

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danlb_20002 days ago

There was a study that showed that at the state level the mandates didn't make much difference. This could have been because of a lack of enforcement wasn't actually changing the number of people wearing masks. It also could be that the places where it was being enforced weren't the places that were driving the spread.

Chip Chipperson2 days ago

My friend Gavin got a bad case of Machinehead that way. It turned green to red and everything.

SteveAZee2 days ago

It seems like the idea, in restaurants, is to keep the spread local to the table as much as possible, conceding that you're eating and drinking there so... particulates all over. Moving from door to table or table to restroom allows you to 'spread the wealth' across all the tables in between... so I sort of understand the logic of maskless at the dining table and masked everywhere else.

Chi843 days ago

I see almost no masking in restaurants. People wear them walking to and from their table but don’t wear them at all while seated. It’s just the nature of restaurants. I’m not sure how much good mask mandates are doing in restaurants. The servers do wear them so maybe that helps.

SteveAZee3 days ago

I suppose that's possible, certainly in broader applications. Having mask mandates under controlled environments likely to cause spread (such as airplanes, restaurants, etc), that seems to work. Trying to enforce a mask mandate for the public at large seems difficult.

Tom P.3 days ago

I do look at the comparative data. Which is why I think mask mandates should all be lifted. There is very little, if any, data to suggest that mask mandates make any appreciable difference. Note that I am referring to mask mandates, not to masks themselves. Effectiveness of masks themselves is an entirely different matter. But having mandates in place does not seem to make any significant difference in outcomes.

Tinkwings3 days ago

Fixed that above......good point! :p

danlb_20003 days ago

"Breathe in, Breathe out", that's a sure fire way to spread the virus! ;)

SteveAZee3 days ago

Yes, it didn't prevent it. Harder to know how much the masks mitigated it, though... could the spike have been worse? You can only infer the answer by looking at other populations that didn't apply a mandate.

Ayla3 days ago

Zero chance.

SoCalDisneyLover3 days ago

Cool, anyways. So if you're saying that Delta hit Hawaii as hard as places like FL, MS, TX, AR, TN, then you're still wrong. The fact that Delta impacted everywhere is irrelevant. Hawaii got hit harder during Delta that at any other time of the pandemic. Fine. But to even compare their results with those other states, is so far from reality, it's kind of sad the comparison is being made.

mikejs783 days ago

Frankly, if politics weren't an issue, the solution would be to require proof of vaccination or wear a mask in any public setting, at least during outbreaks.

Trauma3 days ago

You make a great point here about a clearly defined goal. It makes it easier to determine success or failure. It also makes it easier to then replicate the goal in other similar settings.

MansionButler843 days ago

A goal is better than a vague, “maybe someday,” at least.