Walt Disney World updates mask policy with reference to the COVID-19 vaccine

Jan 29, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Friday January 29, 2021 12:36pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has updated its health and safety policy at the Walt Disney World theme parks to clarify that those guests who have received a COVID-19 vaccine are still required to wear a mask.

The updated policy reads:

Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming. You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you must be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:

  • Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
  • Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free

At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.

Costume masks are also not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules.

Face coverings may have an integrated transparent plastic panel to aid in viewing the wearer’s mouth. These face coverings must:

  • Be a fabric face covering featuring a solid plastic panel containing no openings that is attached to the fabric on all sides using tight knit stitching
  • Meet all face covering requirements listed above

The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing.

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GimpYancIent8 minutes ago


Phil1215 minutes ago

Optimists are always looking for the best outcome and, as a result, they are often disappointed when things don't turn out for the best. Pessimists, on the other hand, always expect the worst and are often pleased when outcomes turn out to be better than expected. :):):) It's kind of a glass half full, half empty thing.

Touchdown23 minutes ago

Between the 4 week window between shots (which means full immunity is 6 weeks away vs 5 weeks) and the increased side effects I do understand the disappointment. I too was disappointed when my group got Moderna 1 week after everyone else in town got Pfizer. It’s also true 1 day side effects are more likely with Moderna. However, I would never walk out of an appointment if I found out I was going to get Moderna, that said Canada should maybe be more forthcoming and let people decide for themselves.

Disney Analyst36 minutes ago

Well this is a perplexing conundrum to have: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/moderna-vaccine-hesitancy-canada

sullyinMT48 minutes ago

Tickets went on sale yesterday (single night)! Bought ours plus EP. One night should be enough for our sleep schedules (even on vacation), plus the boys may not hold up. Though, with some of the jump scare games they play in VR they are certainly more desensitized than we were at their ages! I’m just excited for another excuse to watch Beetlejuice again. Anything Tim Burton makes me a happy boy.

Heppenheimer49 minutes ago

Let's just drive one final stake into the heart of that conspiracy theory and kill it forever. This is somewhat of an old article, but it uses good layman terminology: https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/verify/covid-deaths-car-crash-comorbidities-coronavirus-death-total-counts-john-hopkins-study/65-e3842ed2-f753-4a15-8b97-c2ae75c2b2ce

Lilofan59 minutes ago

Optimism is important when it comes to our health and well being . I've worked with someone who always had a very pessimistic viewpoint and one day he died from a heart attack.

Wendy Pleakley1 hour ago

It's unfortunate because of all the mixed messaging and hesitancy surrounding AstraZeneca. Every day there's an article on why it may be "inferior" which leads to vaccine shopping and general hesitancy. Anything that slows down vaccination rates is a bad thing IMO. The inconsistency is weird. Disney parks and other attractions use the honour system, even for kids who can't be vaccinated yet. So in some places there are eight year old's acting like they're vaccinated, while at these concerts the rules are highly restrictive.

Touchdown1 hour ago

We are getting near the end of June, that I traditionally when another house will be announced and pricing for tickets/Express/VIP will be announced and go on sale.

GoofGoof1 hour ago

Yippy🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳 This is the way to embrace the Now with Optimism! title change. It’s really fun to do…everyone should try it.

sullyinMT1 hour ago

There’s too much good happening to bother with this nonsense anymore. This kind of argument is tiring and thoroughly dealt with over the past year. Back to stalking for info on HHN for our first experience this year.

Smooth1 hour ago

GoofGoof1 hour ago

I think that may be an honest oversight on their part. FDA approved makes obvious sense for American citizens but I think they overlooked the potential for someone from the UK or Canada showing up. I can understand not accepting vaccination from the “less proven” vaccines from China or Russia but AZ would have almost certainly been approved by the FDA in the US had we needed it. There has never been an issue with the efficacy of that vaccine which is all that should matter for a rule like this. We had enough doses of the other 3 quickly enough that it wasn’t necessary to approve AZ here, but the efficacy is on par with or better than JnJ and not far behind the mRNA vaccines.

DisneyDebRob1 hour ago

Sometimes people need the Patience of Job.. you my friend have it.🙂