Disney World announces guests must mask up indoors, on transportation starting July 30

Headed to Walt Disney World soon? Pack a mask — you’ll need to wear one at all Disney parks starting Friday.

The company announced Wednesday night that guests ages 2 and older will have to don face coverings for all indoor attractions and on Disney transportation. Face masks will remain optional outdoors.

The park had lifted its indoor mask mandate on June 15. While proof of vaccination was not required, masks were recommended for those who are not vaccinated.

Now, they’ll be mandatory for all, except outside.

“Face coverings are required for all guests (ages 2 and up) while indoors and in Disney buses, monorail and Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status,” said a Wednesday update on the Disney website. “This includes upon entering and throughout all attractions.”

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All guests’ masks 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
Not contain valves, mesh material or holes
Disney’s announcement comes on the heels of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest recommendation that even vaccinated Americans resume wearing masks indoors if they are in areas with high or substantial transmissibility of COVID-19.

Also on Wednesday, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings declared a state of emergency, urging pubic and private sector employers to require masks indoors, and mask-wearing in indoor-gathering places.

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Jamie Yadoff, of Boston, Massachusetts, is a Disney Vacation Club member and an annual passholder. Disney’s move is “an excellent decision, though it should start immediately,” she said.

“Masks help keep all of us, especially children who are too young to be vaccinated, safer,” Yadoff said. And with the new variant spreading rapidly, this health and safety change seems crucial.”

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Carolyn Perrine of Melbourne, Florida, has been a passholder for the past 20 years and said she has loved going to the parks “as much as possible.” She’s pleased to see the return of mask rules, and was disappointed that Disney ended pushing social distancing.

“Right before the COVID shutdown, I was visiting once a week. Since I’m high risk, I waited a long, long time to return,” Perrine said. “I felt Disney was doing a great job of reducing the risk, but until I was vaccinated I just couldn’t take the chance.

“I got vaccinated in March and for my birthday in June my husband and I spent the weekend at the Grand Floridian. We visited Disney Springs and used the Skyliner and monorail,” Perrine added.

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